Apr 15, 2002 - 11:07 am
I've been reading about many of you who are back to working in the garden - building a retaining wall!! etc etc and I'm asking one and all about the arm = lymphedema.
I thought I'd get back to normal - but when I do almost anything, I notice more swelling in my arm - not excessive -yet- but more when I do all I used to do. No problem until the radiation and the radiation oncologist told me he didn't radiate the node area = maybe he THOUGHT he didn't!
My medical oncologist for the first time in March said to be very careful not to get cuts, scratches, bites etc. I told him I had gotten some cuts on my hand and they healed fast. He said - good, but each time it is a stress on the arm.
Well, I am wondering - do I take life easy now- hire a cleaning woman - someone to shop for groceries - while I do gentle exercises and sit with my arm elevated on a pillow!!!
Would like to hear of your experiences.