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!