Yesterday I was back at physio – strangely a place I thought I would not see again until after radiation.
I have been battling with some lymph drainage issues over the last two weeks: some sensitivity and tightness in my new right lady lump with some swelling under the expander which in turn have caused some discomfort to my right arm. Gillian took one look and said “oh dear, a seroma” ….????
I now know that a seroma is a pocket of fluid (in this case lymph) which can form near a surgical site and very common afer a mastectomy… (thanks google).
Clearly I have been very fortunate that this has not happened sooner! Some very lucky ladies even have to wear compression bandages around their chests to help reduce the swelling and encourage the body to reabsorb the fluid. My 2ce daily manual lymph massage has obviously done it’s job. But the last few weeks of heat and humidity have certainly made it more difficult for the lymph to drain effectively. Gillian also found that I may have strained a muscle which could have further restricted drainage and apparently my diaphram was also not sitting correctly. All those hours of googling radiation and recurrance stats in front of my laptop and the resulting stress from this, may or may not be to blame 😉
Fortunately an hour of therapy and Gillian’s magical hands did the trick, and I left her office feeling at least 5 kgs of lymph lighter along with a friendly reminder to avoid google for a while!
“If it’s not on google, it doesn’t exist.” Jimmy Wales
“With Google I’m starting to burn out on knowing the answer to everything. People in the year 2020 are going to be nostalgic for the sensation of feeling clueless.” Douglas Coupland
“I have realised that instead of posting all my problems on Facebook, its better to find solutions for them on Google.” Barbara Franco
“Sometimes Google should just come back with a message that says: Trust me you don’t want to know.” Unknown