The Mysterious Case of the Swollen Leg

I'll solve this one faster than Sherlock Holmes for you.

It's lymphodema.

It's just one of those things that can happen when they remove lymph nodes from your body, which they did 3 1/2 years ago. It makes sense, given that the tumor and those fateful lymph nodes were in my lower left pelvis, and now my left leg is swollen past the point of fitting into every pair of jeans I own.

My lymphatic system has done a great job of keeping up, but for whatever reason, it's time has come and it's not able to drain my left leg. 2 weeks of daily PT to massage and wrap this sexy beast will hopefully get the fluid moving, but I'm looking at a potential lifetime of wearing a compression tight on that leg. How often and how long I'll have to wear it is yet to be determined. That's up to my leg. But it could be a 24/7 addition to my wardrobe, or something that I can wear purely based on swelling. In the mean time, those maxi skirt wearing Duggar girls might on to something when it comes to keeping your legs covered. I might have to join them.

I officially have my first surgical complication.

Toe to thigh layers. Padding. Layers.


Carrie S. said...

That's a total bummer. I hope it drains and you clear up soon! :-(

Karen said...

Keeping my fingers crossed that the leg goes back to normal soon. Our bodies have this strange way of compensating for other parts gone astray. In the meantime you look very concubine-ish with your sandals and leg wrap. :)

Rushie & Zojji said...

Oh no