Had an SOS from a neighbour yesterday afternoon - her legs had been bandaged from knee to toe, couldn’t get any shoes on so could I bring over some emergency supplies.
Found her with her legs wrapped in reams of Elastoplast-looking bandaging over a sort of lint layer. Practic nurse had helped her ram her feet into loose trainers before she left, but once taken off imposs to get on again. She’d ordered something more appropriate but obviously not yet arrived.
She has to go back and have the bandages 3-4 times over the next 2 weeks then be measured for compression stockings.
Reason: to prevent swollen ankles getting worse. Cause: something called venous insufficiency resulting from knee replacement.
She was in some distress. Legs felt heavy and clumpy. I don’t know her well but she’s only marginally overweight and wears normal shoes. She’s late 80s and lives alone.
Have never heard of this carry on. Can it be worth it. Leaves me wishing medics would pick on someone their own size.
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