I've got a new little hitch in my giddy-up...
Wednesday I awoke with my arm, hand, and fingers, nearly double their size. I've had lymphedema before, just never to this extent.
I was so fortunate to get in to see Linda, a physical therapist who specializes in lymphedema. She wrapped me right away.
I have about 7 different layers of differing wraps, from my fingers all the way up to my armpit, which only comes off so I can shower.
Its awkward and uncomfortable and typing/texting are big challenges!
It makes me clumsy- the wrap, the swelling, the aching in my joints.
But, underneath all of that? My energy level has improved. I feel better overall.
That silver lining is always within sight when we just open our eyes wide enough to see it...
Plus... look who came to visit?
This is my Aunt Elizabeth. My Dad was her older brother. And Crosby treated her just like family, jumping up and wiggling his way right next to her, somehow knowing she is family. She came with friends, driving 3 hours each way, just to spend an afternoon with me. Thank you Elizabeth!
I will continue with PT for 3 weeks in the hopes we can get the swelling down.
Despite how I look, despite the limited use of my arm and hand, I'm actively using this "second" wind and bit of stamina to keep moving forward.
Its a big week with our embracing life breast cancer retreat on Thursday and Friday, along with Moorhead's Homecoming this week.
I'm leaning in, awkwardly perhaps, but leaning in none the less.
What are you leaning into this week?