I’m starting something today that I’ve known I should do for a while. But have been unable to force myself to do.
Last month my oncologist and I talked about depression. I wanted to see a psychologist who had experience with PTSD and EMDR because I’ve been down this road before.
She put in an expedited request.
Continue reading “Another cancer side effect: depression”
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.”
Continue reading “Cancer, the gift that keeps on giving: LVA and LNT on deck”
I’m a candidate for surgery for the lymphedema! And a I get my new “pump” next week (shipped today). My co-pay is $600 (15%). Regence paid more than that for the single-sleeve-pump that did not work.
Hopefully I get new compression glove/sleeve next week, too.
Continue reading “Lymphedema update: upcoming surgery + pump”
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.
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).