Sleeve and glove

I kept my appointment at Radiology Wednesday but the techs asked me to reschedule, since I still had my arm padded and wrapped. They need to do the measurements and marking with the sleeve on, explaining that there could be a difference in soft tissue placement between the padding and the sleeve.

The sleeve and glove arrived Thursday evening and the lymphedema therapist put them on for me Friday, giving me some tips on donning these tight garments. And boy, are they tight! She actually has a pale lavender one that she uses to demonstrate. That brand comes in lots of colors and patterns like college logos, flower petal designs, etc. Mine is just a plain tan skin color.

You can’t tell from this photo but the sleeve extends from the wrist to just under the armpit, which takes some careful maneuvering and energy to get on. The elastic material is a little hard to keep a grip on and the therapist suggested I get some gardening gloves to help with gripping. I did that this afternoon so I expect putting the sleeve on tomorrow will be a bit easier than it was today. The glove goes on pretty easy, no problem there.

I will wear these during the day (except for bathing) and remove them at night, re-wrapping the hand and arm at bedtime to prevent swelling from returning during the night. I asked about just sleeping in the sleeve and glove, but that’s not recommended for a variety of reasons.

Now that I have the sleeve I’m scheduled to return to Radiology Monday afternoon for temporary marking and a CT, then will go back one more time a week later for permanent marking (tattooing). Actual radiation therapy will start some days after that.

Since I had not seen my family doctor Jimena Burnett since January, I made a FU appointment for a checkup of blood pressure, etc. I’ll see her on Monday morning. She gets copies of my records from the other docs so she’ll already be familiar with all that.

All in all I feel pretty good these days, getting my energy and stamina back slowly but surely. I am very grateful for all the prayers, phone calls and emails!


1 Response to “Sleeve and glove”

  1. 1 Diane Brown
    October 10, 2011 at 12:52 am

    How good is our God! I am so thankful for you continued progress!
    Much love and continued prayer,

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Bette’s Journal

Bette Cox 2010

Christ is the "Big C" in my life!

That was told to me by a good friend recently, and it's so very true.

Jesus says in John 10:10, "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full."

I believe Jesus. I hope you do too.

I have one request of other believers reading this journal:

Agree with me that the invader will shrink, shrivel, die and disappear from my body, whatever method the Lord uses to accomplish that.

Thanks in advance.


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