Cellulitis & Lymphedema

Life can change unexpectedly from one day to the next. About 2 months ago, I had a bout of cellulitis. When my right leg didn’t respond to antibiotics, and swelled to twice it’s normal size, I was admitted to the hospital. 4 days in the hospital on my back was followed by 10 days of home health care, IV antibiotics, and a special leg wrap called an una boot. That was followed by an infectious disease specialist recommending Lymphedema therapy.

Now my life centers around work, therapy 3 times a week, and a special leg bandage similar to a soft cast that I wear 24/7. The wrapped leg is bulky and unwieldy, causing decreased mobility. Since I already used a walker, this has been a problem. It is also too large to fit under the steering wheel of my car, and unflexible which means I no longer have the ability to drive myself where I want to go. I now have to depend upon my husband and daughter to take me back and forth to work and to therapy. It has been a life-changing set of circumstances for the entire family. I don’t know what I would do without their help!

After another week or so of therapy on the right leg, it will be fitted with a special compression hose. Then, the therapy and treatment will shift to the left leg. The compression garments will prevent the excess fluid buildup in my legs from ever returning and prevent cellulitis. What I always assumed was just obesity, has turned out to be excess fluid trapped inbetween the cells of my legs. After one month of Lymphedema therapy, my right leg has lost 24 inches of it’s size! That is totally amazing to me! I am looking forward to the end result!

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About estherlou

My husband and I married in 1970. I am the mother of 2 and grandmother to 5. I share my health stories and my experiences with Thrive. I am reading and writing blogs, watching tv, making jewelry and rosaries, selling in my Etsy store and playing solitaire. I am home bound and add in my physical therapy exercises to my daily routine. I will blog about my progress or anything that catches my attention at that moment. See you around and thanks for stopping by!
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6 Responses to Cellulitis & Lymphedema

  1. Very happy to hear about your progress! Surely you are doing even better by now.
    It’s times like yours that make everyone in the field extremely thankful for the advancements that have occurred in lymphedema therapy.

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  2. gloria hayes says:

    how happy am i to hear that someone else has had the same problem that i have been having…..now, finally after 4 months of very painful sores in my right leg, my doctor has prescribed una boot for my right leg….which was put on by a wound care nurse on Monday, August 31st….i am in basically the same pain as previously, but hoping that just a few more days will see a cure. WHAT DO YOU THINK?????

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  3. estherlou says:

    I never had open sores to cope with, but I do know the una boot works wonders. Hang in there!

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  4. Avril says:

    Hi Gloria,

    My grand mother was suffered from lymphedema. I know how a person suffered from the lymphedema feels. After a long search on the treatment on lymphedema and swelling in the body, I found a book which is written by Peter Hodge. The book is based on his experience and 6 years of research on the lymphedema and its treatment. I make you sure that you will be benefit by this book. Go through the lymphedema advice to get a proper treatment for the lymphedema.

    Thanks
    Avril

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  6. Robena Chustz says:

    Cellulitis is a skin infection caused by bacteria. Normally, your skin helps protect you from infection. But if you have a cut, sore, or insect bite, bacteria can get into the skin and spread to deeper tissues. If it is not treated with antibiotics, the infection can spread to the blood or lymph nodes. This can be deadly…

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