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A Snow Day….for Your Legs!

24 Jan
Freedom

Little me enjoying the white stuff after the Blizzard of ’79. Now THAT was a snow day.

Thanks to Winter Storm Jonas and the nearly 30” of snow he left in his wake, I and millions of others along the east coast have been holed up in our homes for 36 hours and counting.  

With nowhere to go and a new book awaiting me on my Kindle, I decided to give my legs a snow day too.  No compression stockings.  Bare legged.  A break from the normal 16 hours a day spent cooped up in tight, thick nylon-spandex, from toes to tummy.

What a glorious day!  Toes wiggling.  Thighs rubbing against cozy Cuddl Duds softness.  No pinching, pulling, or squeezing. Freedom!

Don’t wait for a “Snowmaggedon” to give your legs a day off.  If you are able, try letting  them “air out” for a day, a day of freedom, while still maintaining lymphatic flow.

Some suggestions:

  • Take a load off.  Limit the time you spend standing.  Keep your legs elevated above your heart as much as possible.  The natural effect of gravity will facilitate lymphatic flow.  When cooking and preparing meals, try sitting on a stool or chair.  Logically, spending significant time on your feet without compression is not recommended.

  • College Living Essentials Zero Gravity Perfect ChairKick your feet up.  Literally.  Find a chair that lifts your legs up while taking pressure off of your back.  Watch a movie or read a book while compression-stocking-free.

  • Hydrate your legs.   Pampering your skin is a luxury you don’t have while confined to compression stockings; so take advantage of this time.  Every few hours, apply lotion to your legs, working it in with upward strokes to encourage lymphatic flow.  And don’t forget your feet!  I recommend Eucerin Smoothing Repair for Dry Skin or Medi Night Creme.

  • sock2Wear cozy socks.  Let your feet experience what normal feet do – the luxury of soft fabric directly against the skin.  Choose a style of sock that does not bind at the top, cutting off lymphatic flow.  Diabetic socks are made with this in mind.  Non-binding socks made by Sockwell (pictured right), Soft Fit and Softop are available through Footsmart.com or Amazon.

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Go with the Flow: Tips to Manage Lymphedema at Work

8 Jan

Caring for lymphedema can feel like a full-time job.  But it’s a position that  doesn’t pay a salary or come with benefits.

workSo, to help pay the bills in my household, I work for an elected official in New York.  I do anything and everything I can to help my boss communicate with the public and the press in a positive and straightforward manner. It’s a 24/7 job. That’s not a complaint, just a fact.

My philosophy is: keep the mind engaged and you will forget about the uncooperative body.

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Turn your world upside down, everyday

22 Aug
HoMedics Anti-Gravity Massage Recliner with Heat

HoMedics Tony Little DeStress for $246 through SaleStores.com

In the summer of 2003, five years after the onset of my lymphedema, my parents gave me a present that has made my life easier every day since — an inversion recliner.  If I were to recommend one product to my fellow lymphedema sufferers, it would be this one.

You may have to save up for it though.  I’ve seen prices range from $250 to $2,400*, depending on how many bells and whistles you are willing to pay for such as vibrating massage, heat settings and self-inflating lumbar support.  But the only feature that is important for our purposes is that the chair gets your legs above your heart.  That position allows gravity to drain the lymphatic fluid back towards your heart.

After a shower, a long day at work, or just relaxing in front of the television, this chair gives my legs the lift they need without the help of tight compression stockings or bulky bandages.  This chair is an island of comfort in my home and I visit it every day.

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