Hi Tammy! MK is absolutely right. You need to be very, very careful about the lifting. The lymphodema is not something that will go away. I think that you could probably do the cleaning part but I definitely would check w/ my onco about what you can and can't do. Have him/her write you a letter that you can give to your principal showing your limitations. W/having a double mastectomy and lymph nodes removed, you are a prime candidate for the lymphodema. Please, please be careful. Your immune system will be somewhat compromised for awhile. I know that having my 3 granddaughters living w/ me (2 in grade school) I am careful when they come home sick. Have your onco do a cbc and see how your counts are. You may be ok in that department. Our schools have both a day and evening custodian. Would it be possible for you to work the evening shift? That might preclude your having to lift so many heavy things.
Please let us know what happens.
Post Edited (debbiR) : 9/26/2005 5:07:44 PM (GMT-6)
I discussed this w/ my chemo nurses yesterday during my treatment. They were amazed that there were so many women that had NOT been educated about lymphodema. My surgeon and onco both told me that I was NEVER to have bp or receive and injection in the arm that the lymph nodes were removed from. There is a great article in the new issue of "COPING" (Sept and Oct) regarding lymphodema on pg. 22.
To chime in late....my surgeon had told me that it was dependent on what was cut and now how many nodes were removed. In the axillary node dissection, they cut more and deeper, compromising more nerves and tissue. The onc should be concerned, but I would encourage you to talk to the surgeon and the RN about the risks. This is more likely to fall under the surgeon's area than the onc.
Good Morning Tammy and Skeeter: I can't help but be concerned about your not having any restrictions what so ever on lifiting. Here is a suggestion that will perhaps give us all some new info as well as ease your minds. Why not contact a lymphodema group and ask your questions. They are the experts. I would imagine that your onco or local ACS could put you in touch w/ someone. Also, there are lymphodema therapist at most hospitals. They would be able to give you answers also. I believe that it would be worth a phone call.
Have a great day! It is cold here. 42 when we woke up (yesterday it was 72) High today is suppose to be 64 and high yesterday was 81. Go figure. lol..Only in Mo!
PS: Yep Deb it is finally Fall here too. 40 when we woke up with a high of about 60 to look forward to.