Saturday, February 23, 2008

Monopoly Game Piece

In one of Jennifer's journals, she said that sometimes she felt like a game piece on a Monopoly game board.....always getting set back before she could pass "Go"!!! Well, yesterday I had a much better understanding of her analogy. I was so happy to get fitted for my sleeve and glove and to be able to clearly see the end of this part of my therapy and have use of my hand and arm back to work and card making. I even had a few hours after getting measured before I had to go and get wrapped again.

When I got up yesterday morning, I didn't feel really great...just hoping that I was not getting the flu....then when I was getting dressed to go for therapy after taking a wonderful bath (without a plastic bag arm), I noticed that my shoulder and top of my arm was red and hot to touch. I showed it to Troy when I got there, and he had me call Dr. Hagans right then. I was able to pick up a prescription for antibiotics when I left. I was only able to have my arm wrapped up to my elbow and couldn't have the drainage therapy, Troy explained that the drainage therapy could spread the infection. He said that my arm will swell again where it is not wrapped. As long as I don't have redness or pain, I will be able to keep my hand and lower arm wrapped.

I know that this is just a minor setback...but sure is frustrating!! I can hear my sweet Mother telling me "Life's hurdles make us stronger."

Monday, February 18, 2008


IF I could play the drums right now, I would. Just got back from therapy and my arm is down 65%!!!! Amazing...I am thrilled with these results. It has been a hard road for me, I will admit that I have been frustrated and whiny at times. I can see the end of the road now. I will get measured for my sleeve and glove on Thursday. It will take about two weeks to get it back from Germany and then I will have the use of my right arm and hand. I will be able to return to work, write and make cards. I am so grateful that God sent me to Troy - the best physical therapist ever. I am ever so grateful and thanful for all the love, encouragement, prayers and support from my family, friends and co workers.....thank you from the bottom of my heart!!!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Week Three

I am now in my third week of treatment for my lymphedema. My arm is now reduced by 57%.....pretty awesome. I will admit that I have been pretty whiny at times. I truly thought that I would be able to work while in therapy, but it would be pretty difficult to do patient care with the use of only one arm and hand. I have gone to therapy seven days a week....have had some major skin breakdown, but that is improving.

Through all this, I have felt my precious Jennifer at my side cheering me on......the things she went through keep me looking ahead....she was such a trooper. I hope that when I grow up, I can be as strong as she was.

Sunday, February 3, 2008


Just finished my seventh treatment today.....Troy even saw me on the weekend. He is wonderful and so encouraging. I must admit that this has been alot harder than I had expected. I truly thought that I would be able to work during this but am unable to use my right hand at all. I have had some major issues with skin breakdown causing pain and burning. It is all worth it when the bandages come off each day and I can see my arm shrinking.

When I start to feel sorry for myself going through this, all I have to do is recall some "Jennifer Inspiration" and I am fine. I just have to remind myself of all that she endured without ever complaining...she will always be my strength, inspiration, and light.