Along with cancer treatment, comes worrying about developing lymphedema. Lymphedema refers to swelling that occurs due to the removal of lymph nodes and radiation as part of cancer treatments. I had lymph nodes removed and radiation.
When I have check-ups at MD Anderson Cancer Center, I take a measurement test to make sure that lymphedema has not developed. My left arm measurements are compared to my right arm measurements since I did not have lymph nodes removed from my right arm.
It was recommended that I wear a compression sleeve to prevent swelling on my left arm while traveling in a plane for an extended period of time. The physical therapist measured my arm to see what size sleeve I needed to wear.
I purchased my compression sleeve from LympheDIVAs. I chose a compression sleeve to match my skin tone, although the company has many designs to choose from. It is lightweight and comfortable to wear compared to others that I have tried.
I put my compression sleeve on my left arm a few hours before my international flight. I wore my compression sleeve the entire flight. When I landed, I removed my compression sleeve and did not notice any swelling! 🙂
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