Getting up in the morning I head straight for the shower. I can't go without the stocking for more than a few minutes without the lymphfluid building up. I keep my Lymphedema leg out of the water as good as I can as I feel the water running down acts a little like MLD, just the wrong way. When done I put my foot up on the wall as high as I can and shower the leg from the foot upwards to rinse the soap off. I dry my leg downwards up and then put on my toecap and compression stocking straight away, sitting in my bed or my sofa. I use an Easy-Slide to put it on. Come nighttime I sometimes take off the stocking when I know I won't be doing anymore that day exept laying on my sofa watching TV. Sometimes I use my compression pump. When it is time for bed I put on my nightgarment and go to sleep.
Every now and then I wrap myself for a few nights if I think the swelling has gone up.
I almost never take off my stocking during the day, only if I for some reason really have to. Like today when I will shower in the afternoon to go to a party tonight.
I pull my stocking up when I go to the bathroom anyway. Sometimes I pull it up in graveyards, see this post... I fold it down to the knee, pull it up and fold it back up.
Once a year:
Once a year I go through a wrapping session at my therapist before measured for new stockings at the fitter. My stockings are guaranteed to last for a year. I am usually wrapped for about ten days. I know that some patients are wrapped for much longer than this, I guess it is individually. After about ten days my leg has gone down as much as it is going to, which is close to the size of the good leg so it doesn't make sense to wrap further. My therapist gives me MLD and wraps my whole leg in the mornings and I wear it until next morning where she removes it and repeats the procedure. After my last session I got this bandage that I use when I wrap myself and that my therapist will be using at my next session, which is next month. During weekends I wrap for the night as good as I can. I use a castprotector when showering, and I wear my old trekkingsandals and some very baggy trousers during the day. After the ten days my fitter measures my leg and orders one new stocking. He gets them from Medi in Germany and it usually takes 10-14 days but can be done in as little as five days as a rush order. After a few weeks with the new stocking, testing that it is OK, he orders one more. The stockings are guaranteed to last for a year.
Apart from the big session described above I have MLD perhaps four times a year, just for an hour. I'd like to have it more often, say once a month or more.
What are your routines? How long are you wrapped for at the therapist? What kind of stocking do you use?
Tonight I am going to a friends 40st Birthday and I am going to wear the new, dark blue dress. The first time. I picked it up from the taylor the other day, it had to be shortened and the jersey fabric was too "alive" for me to mess with. Usually I do these things myself, but couldn't risk ruining the beautyful dress. I am looking forward to wearing it. Tomorrow I am going to my nephews 12th Birthday and I will be wearing the floral dress below. I got that from Asos last year or the year before. It will be perfect for tomorrow, a hot and sunny summers day. Looking forward to feeling feminine and dressed up.
|The dress before it was made shorter. I will wear my white|
Converse hi-top sneakers and a big turquise-coloured necklace with it.
|Photo from asos.com|
Will wear the sneakers again and possibly a little necklace with a red stone.