Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Sexy New Compression Stockings: Rehab Update Days 37-42

Where did the week go?

I have no idea where this week has gone! I've spent my week days going to work and then coming home to writeand research. I've got a couple of other pages you might be interested in:
Both of these pages are supplementary works to articles I post on here, I also add in some extra stuff too. Squidoo is more of a bibliography of all my works, there are links to important pages and topics from here as well as supplementary articles that expand knowledge. As for HubPages, I share recipesas well as including addition information (I'm working on a hematoma series at the moment).

I'm also research a lot of things at the moment too. I'm working on improving my page ranking and blog status as well as optimizing for product sales and improving my Adsense earnings with Google too. Aside the money making aspect of blogging I'm also research a lot of invisible illnesses. Like I said previously I'm working on a hematoma section mainly with HubPages and Squidoo, I've also just started looking into eating disordersas well so you can expect a few posts on those topics. If you want to find out some more information on any of my topics you can look around on Squidoo or HubPages via the above links and you'll find a lot more information there.

Sexy Compression Stockings

My Mediven Stockings
I went to orthopedics yesterday to pick up some brand new compression stockings. These ones are so much better than the TED ones I got at the hospital. You can see in the picture that they're tan so when I put them on they look like tights so I can go ahead and start wearing skirtsand dresses again.

Although it doesn't look like it in the photo those little stockings actually go all the way up to the top of my thigh. You can see that they start off really small so getting them on, especially to the top, is like going on a mission from God. It takes me about 20 minutes to get them on first thing in the morning - I have to get my bathroom schedule timed right so that I'm not desperate by the time I've got them on and comfortable.

Talking of bathroom schedules, wearing stockings and using the toilet is actually a lot harder than I thought. In order to 'go' I have to pull the stockings down slightly before I sit down, unfortunately with these stockings as soon as you move them down they roll down all the way to the knee. That's OK on my right leg (the good one) but it creates a lot of pressure on the inside of the thigh on my left leg and causes the clot to hurt quite a bit. I'm currently working on a strategy to get them down without rolling but it's actually quite tough to do. Give me enough time and I'm sure I'll work something out, I'm sure it will also get easier as I lose weighttoo, because then there will be less leg to worry about.

more hospital appointments

I've got the hospital again this week and another GP appointment the day after. The hospital appointment is with the M.E clinic, I'm not sure how I feel about that at the moment. I'm really hoping the fatigue and feeling the Sh$t is down to the clotting issue and not M.E/CFS but I guess they're the specialists and will tell me if I've got it or not.

The GP appointment is for a whole variety of things. I've been getting some chest pain on my left side (and no people it's not a heart attack) and I want to talk to her about medical exemption and also getting a Blue Badge (disability badge for driving) and applying for DLA (Disability Living Allowance) - it's expensive being sick!

A pain in the leg

Ha! I bet you though I was going to say something else then didn't you? Well, no, as normal it's about this delightful clot that's decided to take up residency in my left leg. I'm not sure whether it's down to the new compression stockings or not by my left leg has been giving out more pain than normal. I'm reluctant to go back up to 4 tablets a day as I'm down to 3 at the moment but if it keeps getting worse then I'll either have to cut back on work or up the pain meds - to be honest I'd rather up the pain meds than stop working again, it keeps me sane and I also need the money to by more meds with, oh the irony!

I've got a scan coming up in a few weeks - another one of those loverly Doppler scans where they put all the jelly on your leg and it just wont come off unless you have a soak in a really hot bath. Oh, well, I'll just have to take loads of baby wipes and hope they work that time. Anyway, I'm hoping that the pain might be due to muscle and nerve re-growth rather than the clot getting worse. Not much I can do about it now though.

Auditory Hallucinations

I'm still getting these weird sound hallucinations now and again. I seem to get them most when I'm really, really tired, like now. If I close my eyes then I'll start to here music or just sounds until it gets too loud and jolts me into a more conscious state.

I'm still researching this topic so when I've got some more information I'll do a post on it for everyone.

So, there we have it. I'm still alive, working and researching whilst listening to the imaginary band in my head - maybe I should sample their music and stick it on YouTube!

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