I just completed the third week of therapy for my left leg. A combination of compression therapy, using elastic bandages, and manual lymph drainage massage has produced some promising results. The swelling is gone, the infection has cleared and all the sores have healed… for the first time in years. I only wish now that I had resisted taking more antibiotics before doing this.
Now I am also facing a decision about continuing to take warfarin to “thin” my blood as a preventative against future clots. I am having to frequently adjust my dosage and have yet to maintain a steady level, based on INR. Some days my INR has been so high that it puts me at risk of internal bleeding. Once again, I’m aware of the possibility that the “cure” is as bad as the potential illness.
I will continue to wear compression stockings and perform a set of exercises intended to stimulate my lymphatic system.
The scars of several years of painful sores remain to remind me of what I have been through. Hopefully, those too will fade with time and continued care.
I am extremely grateful to Dr. Cheryl Morgan, PhD and her staff at Therapy Concepts for their help and healing touch.