An often overlooked complication in the lymphedema patients day to day struggle is the response and support received from our families and/or spouses. As foor for thought, I wanted to share some of them here.
Lymphedema isn't some inconvenient disability that you can ignore and hope it goes away. If effects the patient, their family, spouses.
So it does effect all our relationships, our spouses, children, family.
I have LE all over and i do the housework I can, when I can. This is something I do for me, because it gets me up and moving around the house. If I try to stay in a recliner all day, I noticed I had no energy and dozed on and off all day. I try to do little things throughout the day if I'm able, which could include emptying the diswasher, picking up around the family room, cleaning mirrors, dusting, cleaning bathroom sinks, washing clothes, and anything else I'm up to in the day. Of course I spread out the things I can do during the week, so I'm not trying to clean the house all in one day. I also make dinner, when able and we have lots of things that heat up in no time if I'm not feeling up to making dinner. I am very diligent in my LE management and it helps so that my body can do housecleaning here and there. About a year ago I was very depressed about my LE and just did not feel I was capable of doing little things around the house, but once I received treatment and came out of my depression(still on meds and seeing a therapist about once a month) I have more energy to do some light housekeeping. My husband and son pick up the heaver housecleaning chores. Hope this helps.
Response #5 February 26, 2007