Followup from last week

I spent this morning getting my legs wrapped. This isn’t the heavy-duty wrapping, just a wrap to keep the swelling under control. My therapist said there are alternatives to compression socks, but that won’t be for a while. Right now, the trick is to get the leg to a more or less normal size.

It was easy to find the place, never a given when dealing with hospitals and their various clinics and outbuildings. As a bonus, there’s a back door into the lot from a much-less-busy street, so we don’t have to get on the road in front of the hospital to get there. That should shave some time off the drive next time. As it was, we had to be there at 9, and traffic in our area is a bear during rush hour. We’ve scheduled all my remaining appointments for between the rush hour periods. No more getting up at the crack of dawn to get there…

As I suspected, the issue I had with IFTTT being unable to access anything in Feedly is the result of my not being a paid Feedly customer, and evidently other features I’ve come to rely on will soon find their way behind a pay wall. It’s a fine service, and if I felt those features were worth the asking price I might be tempted, but I don’t. So I bid them a fond adieu and chose to cast my lot with Inoreader, which has its issues, but nothing I can’t work around.

The WordPress app for the Kindle Fire is difficult for me to work with, so more tomorrow.


Author: John Holton

I'm a writer and blogger who writes and blogs about things that interest me.

10 thoughts on “Followup from last week”

  1. John, I am so very sorry to read about your lymphedema issues. A few years ago, I lost a large amount of weight quickly, and then my system didn’t know how to handle it, and it gained all of the weight back and then some. My legs (both of them) were swollen from the knees to the toes. It got so bad that the lymphatic system broke down in the legs and my legs began leaking fluid that was nearly impossible to keep up with. After seeing several specialists, and failed therapies and treatments, they finally decided to wrap my legs in the unaboot. I noticed an improvement right away. The downside to the unaboot is that awful itching, much like when your leg is in a cast. But the leaking did stop and the swelling has gone down considerably. They want me to wear those socks, but I just can’t bring myself to do it. I do take many breaks during the day, making sure that I put my feet up each time. I still take the furosemide to help keep the water retention to a minimum, but I can always tell when I’ve sat at my desk too long.
    Take it easy and get plenty of rest. I hope they are able to help you with your leg issues.

    Jingle Jangle Jungle


    1. I told my therapist first thing about my problems with compression socks, and she showed me a wrap with a Velcro closure that would be easy for me to put on and take off myself. The wrapping she did yesterday has had an almost immediate effect: I still get the swelling, but it’s not as uncomfortable or as noticeable as it has been, and I don’t dread standing as much as I had. Of course, the wraps make it difficult to put on my shoes, but that’s a small price to pay for the added comfort. The “up a dozen times at night to use the bathroom” is a little more bothersome; I take a diuretic (HCTZ) for my high blood pressure, but it hasn’t had an effect on my lymphedema. I should ask the doctor about furosemide; it might do a better job. Thanks, and keep your leg up…


  2. Hi John – so pleased you’re in the system and getting your leg sorted. Good luck with the healing. Thanks too for the Feedly update – I’ll look into the InoReader … cheers and all the best – Hilary


  3. I’m glad you are getting your legs wrapped and don’t have to wear the compression socks. That’s good news!
    I’m not familiar with Feedly so have no idea about any of that…

    Michele at Angels Bark


  4. Years ago, I worked as a home health aide, and those socks were the bane of my existence! I’m glad that they’ve come up with better solutions for closing them, and that you’re taking steps to get things to a better place. I’ll be sending your leg skinny thoughts! =)


    1. I think they might have mumbled something about “sock donners” in the hospital; even so, I’d still have trouble, getting the sock on the donner as well as getting it around my foot. It’s a two-person job, and Mary had too much trouble, so I said “forget it, I’ll live with a swollen leg.” Dumb idea, maybe, but domestic tranquility beats everything.

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      1. i say the same thing when I look around my not as neat as I would like it to be house. I can have a happy family life, relative sanity, and/or a clean house – but I can only have 2 of 3.

        The house is my compression sock! =)


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