The “maintenance” therapy for my lymphedema includes wearing a compression sleeve + gauntlet. However, since the majority of my lymphedema is in the hand, my therapist added a little pad under the gauntlet, in the back. All this seems to work fairly well at keeping the swelling at bay. Last weekend we went skiing, and… Continue reading Switching Gears and Researching Options
It’s been a busy last couple of weeks and I have not had time to blog, so I’ve been writing this post in my head for awhile. Prior to starting radiation therapy, I did a little Googling around for the best lotions and creams to use to manage the inevitable skin redness and irritation. Here… Continue reading Lotions and Potions and Creams, Oh My!
I had a lot to discuss with Dr. Zap and his nurse at my weekly Wednesday visit with him the week before last. It was my final visit with him during my radiation therapy and I had a list, including the chafing wherein I was gifted those heart pillows. One item, however, was not on… Continue reading Mammogram? Already?
Here I am in the last stages of my radiation therapy, and (as expected) the skin redness has definitely gotten worse since I reported on it in my previous post. No more polka dots; it’s all awash in red by now. Fortunately it still does not actually hurt very much (unless you poke it –… Continue reading I “Heart” Heart Pillows
I started this blog back in June primarily as a cathartic exercise, a place to articulate as best I can how I’m feeling about all of this cancer shit. You know, get it off my CHEST (ha ha haaa!). Writing is so helpful for working through things; the Scripps Clinic, where I’m receiving my treatment, even… Continue reading Why I Blog