Cancer, the gift that keeps on giving: LVA and LNT on deck

UW pre-op

At UW Medical Center pre-op center with the awesome heated air blanket! This is what is on tap for me later today if all goes well.

“In the first procedure, called lymphovenous bypass, surgeons peer through a microscope and use minute instruments to connect blocked lymphatic vessels as small as 0.3 millimeters in diameter to a nearby vein. The bypass allows excess lymph fluid to flow more freely.

“In the second procedure, called lymph node transfer, surgeons microsurgically transplant healthy lymph nodes that have a rich blood supply to an area of lymphatic injury to re-establish lymphatic connections.”

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First year anniversary, mastectomy

anniversary

Yesterday, August 30, was the first year mastectomy anniversary, and I expected it to be a difficult day, like the lumpectomy anniversary was.

But it was kind of a non-event.

I joked about it to my PT (we had our surgeries the same day with the same surgeon) at 11 and had two afternoon meetings. I came home, did some SOS web stuff for work, ran errands.

Lymphedema bandaging screw up

lymphedema

This is what it looks like when you screw up your lymphedema bandaging.

Believe it or not, the left hand looks a lot better than it did at 9 am, when there was no knuckle definition at all.

The ARM looks great. But it’s because I sent lymph down to hand instead of up. I thought bandage across hand was tight enough but clearly it wasn’t.

And FINGERS look good. Just palm and wrist (outside).