I want to share a recent experience with you that has me stumped (no pun intented). Last June I was unexpectedly hospitalized in California. I went to the emergency room with excruciating abdominal pain, which turned out to be a small bowel obstruction. I dont remember any of this but at the admitting desk they rushed me right in cause I was blue. They hooked me up with oxygen etc etc etc a short time later I "coded" as in CODE BLUE! Scared my daughter half to dealth....I dont remember. At a point in time when I became more coherent I noticed they had big boots on my legs that massaged or pumped. Silly me thought they were to help the lymphedema. Nope! Never addressed that. They had me on IV LASIX which I also thought was for my legs. Nope! Evidently my congestive heart failure was showing itself again so they were giveing me the diuretic. After 8-10 days I nearly flipped out of bed when I saw my legs. They were SKINNY! I do mean SKINNY! And also very very painful. Normally I havent had much pain with my legs. I havent had skinny legs in over 50 years...hmmm make that never! Ugly skin and sore, but skinny! I was excited, thinking about all of the pants I would be able to wear. Finally, after 17 long, terrible days I went home. I watched in horror as my skinny legs started getting "fat" again after only a few days off the IV. So my big question .....Is the fluid in our limbs WATER or LYMPH FLUID? I suspect both but felt disappointed it didnt last longer. I really feel like we are fighting a losing battle.
Please someone out there, give us a success story!