I just started snowshoeing a few years back. I can't do it for a long hikes so i take small hikes. I also found that I put them on my snowmobile in case something goes wrong and I need to walk out for help. I found wearing my hiking winter boots works the best. It's a inexpensive fun activity so take your camera and get some much needed one-on-one with mother nature and heal your inner soul.
After living my life on the floor in front of the TV, “not able to walk”. After 3yrs and 3 surgeries, (Stenting of my IVC Vein down to both legs to knees) a call came in saying that I was being giving “Compression Pumps”.
I didn’t have any idea what it was at the time. The man told me that it was a gift from an unknown person. He stated that I needed the full body compression pumps because my swelling started from my belly down to both legs to my feet. But this was all he had.
There are two types of lymphedema. ... Secondary lymphedema is caused by damage to the lymph system. The lymph system may be damaged or blocked by infection, injury, cancer, removal of lymph nodes, radiation to the affected area, or scar tissue from radiation therapy or surgery.
I can’t put it into words how these pumps have save my life! With out them I would not be here today. Nothing else can even come close to taking the swelling away. I still do have swelling but the thing is - “compression pumps reduces the swelling and pain so I can go out and do a day trip”!
Edema is a condition characterized by an excess of watery fluid collecting in the cavities or tissues of the body.
TO THE PERSON THAT GAVE ME THIS GIFT, MAY YOU ALWAYS BE BLESSED WITH LOVE. THANK YOU TINA
I do hide. I get so down and out. Darkness does inter my life. I think we all have this. What would it be like if we where happy all the time! We need to be down and out to be able to feel happy. I can think back on a day that I was feeling sorry for myself. The kids where babies and I was watching Oprah. This beautiful young women was in a car accident. She went through the windshield of the truck she was in. Her face was torn off. That day I never felt sorry for myself again.
2008 “autumn” it started early morning hike my left hip snapped out of joint. Three months into this issue my belly swelled. Took this issue to many doctors & hospitals. I even took my own credit card and headed to NY to the “BEST”Orthopedic hospital. I was trying to fine someone anyone, I was dying and no one would listen. I tried taking the ambulance to only hear “lady you have fat legs”. I had to fine a way home so I didn’t do that again. I went back to doctors, begging for my life! By the end of 2009, I was swollen from my belly down to both legs and “I could not walk” or even take a shower (but I still did it) My birthday, I knew now that I had the “unknown” helping me. I was strong but not that strong to hold on. I got in my truck drive to 3 hospitals!
"Ask" what did she look like? Just like a zombie! I was not in my body. My body walk but there was no tears, emotions, anger or sadness. I was not home! Someone else took over. "What really went wrong", I didn’t have anyone at 14 or in my marriage and even worst the man that I was with. When I asked why? answer You Didn’t Cry!
When climbing stairs your legs will turn heavy. It feels like they turn into cement or logs and the pain that goes along with this keeps you unable to climb. I have to rest and and recover before taking anymore steps. It is dead blood not able to go back to the heart & lung for oxygen. The values in the legs take the dead blood and pumps it back up and when it can’t it just set there- called dead blood. Both of my legs got destroyed by the blood clot damage. I build up my leg muscles and it helps a lot. It painful but worth the pain. Muscles will force blood back up to your body.
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