Earlier today I went back to the Lymphoedema Service to have a word about my Mk. II stocking. I wore it for the first time ... sorry, let me explain. My Mk. II stocking was supposed to be tighter so it compressed my leg more and it was supposed to have a different fitting at the top, around my thigh, so it would stay up better. I wore the Mk. II for the first time a week ago and within one hundred yards on my first walk with it on it had slipped down around my knee ... and I had long trousers on. Trying to pull it up whilst I was wearing long trousers was a challenge but I managed ... and then it was slipping down again. It was less than successful.
So today I took it back, freshly washed, with one of the first ones I had, to compare them. In short I am now having a third stocking. It seems that when they saw me last time, not so long, after I had come out of hospital my leg was probably still swollen from the cellulitis and so their measurements were never going to work for me as soon as the leg went down slightly.
New measurements were taken !
I am having another Mk. II with revised measurements.
We got to talking about the massage that will help the lymph flow upwards out of my leg and into my body ... and also the exercises. If I do none of these the lymph will just sit in my leg ~ it's the "sloth of the body" is how the nurse described it.
"We don't want your leg to swell any more Charles. We want you to be able to stay fit and get out." she added. She then asked me if I "... had any gentle swelling ...". This baffled me for a split second and then I realised she hadn't said that, I had sllghtly misheard her, ... and I answered "no ... no, at least I don't think so ... I've not looked. No, of course, I haven't got any swelling there, I would have noticed ..."
"Well, that's something you want to avoid Charles. Genital swelling is definitely not something you want ..."
Now I'm waiting for them to let me know when my third stocking has arrived. Hopefully this stocking will work better for me ... and stay up.
Oh ... I will also be massaging my leg and exercising it to make sure there's no more swelling ...