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Monday, April 09, 2012


More Questions!

  • Will I be able to do yoga?
  • Will I be able to drive more than short distances? 
  • Will I be able to sleep comfortably?
  • Will I be able to walk the dogs for at least 30 minutes per day as I have been (60 minutes when The Husband is traveling)?

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Into the Void

Maybe it sounds melodramatic, but I don't really know what happens from here on. Not that I usually know, but I have questions:

  • Is the diagnosis lipoedema or primary lymphedema?
  • Will this treatment work?
  • How long will the treatment take?
  • Will I have underlying fat deposits that show up when the fluid retention is gone?
  • What will my reality be like from here on?

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

My Anchors

Today at the Weight Watchers meeting, we discussed anchors. An anchor can be a saying, or an object, which has positive associations and which is mentally connected to ideas of achieving the goal. 

Years ago, I hiked in the Olympic Mountains and the end point of the hike was an alpine meadow something like this one. It was magical and thrilling! I felt very rewarded for all the struggle of getting up there. That feeling I want to attach to my anchor.

Also years ago also, I bought a small pewter ocarina that I wore on a silver chain around my neck. When I made the decision to quit smoking "cold turkey", I used that ocarina to help me accomplish my goal. When I wanted to smoke, I would play my ocarina (not very well, but who cares?). It engaged my mouth, breath and hands, which is what smoking did. After some time, I only had to reach up and hold onto my ocarina. Like Dumbo's feather, it had no power of its own, but for me it was plenty. I have never smoked since. What happened to that ocarina, I have no clue. Somewhere along the line it fell out of my life. I hope someone has it and cherishes it now.

I sent for another pendant ocarina, which I plan to use as my weight-loss anchor. I will attach the feelings of accomplishment I got from quitting smoking, and that wonderful joyous accomplishment of seeing the alpine meadow. I will also repeat a saying from my yoga teacher, "I may not be perfect, but I am going in the right direction."

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

The Adventure Continues!

Today I had my evaluation at the Lymphedema and Wound Care Institute near my house, and it was interesting. I received a pump and compression garments like the ones in the photo, for home use, and I received a different diagnosis. This doctor says I have primary lymphedema, which means it is not fat that is absorbing fluids, but the lymph nodes are inadequate and have been for a long time.
Friday I have a Doppler ultrasound of my legs to determine whether I have Deep Vein Thrombosis, and if not, I begin Complete Decongestion Therapy on Monday afternoon. They took a photo of my legs, and measured the circumference at 4-cm intervals up the leg, then re-measured after I had a 15-minute pump treatment as shown in the photo. There was a difference, so this will work. I am hopeful.

Our Fabulous Rescue Dogs ...

Yoga Schmoga!

When I told this orthopedic surgeon I did yoga he told me because yoga is now popular, they are seeing more injuries. I countered with the information that Iyengar Yoga is very precise, and cautious. Then I showed him a pose I use to help my hip pain and he warned that I could fall over and break a bone. Well, doh, I hold onto the wall when I stand on one leg. He made it sound like just torquing my hip I could snap the neck of my Trochanter, which I think is unlikely.