Anecdotes and Helpful Educational Diddles
I recently went to Mexico with a group of my friends with the intention of unplugging, resting, having some fun, and exploring a new place. I really like the ocean because it makes me feel very small in a good way. The awe of it’s waves and bigness reminds me I’m apart of something muchContinue reading “I get by with a little help from my friends.”
There is a blizzard happening right now in Texas! It’s on the tail end of the COVID pandemic and I can clearly understand how control is a faccade we have in regards to many aspects our lives. This year we have had to pivot and shift as threats and perceived threats have come into focus.Continue reading “Reflections of a Texas Snowstorm”
This month I got to share my story of how I became a lymphedema therapist and some insights in my life due to having lymphedema. I spoke at the Texas chapter of Lymphedema Education and Research Network. I met so many other people who have had lymphedema, both primary and secondary and have dedicated time,Continue reading “Lymphedema Support Group!”
I sometimes can be perfectionistic or critical in my life such as having high standards in physical therapy or needing to “be right”. I want “the best” deal on clothing that is really cute but also a good price, groceries, my rent, or appetizers at happy hour. I want my schedule to be perfect thatContinue reading “The middle way of exercise”
My interest in physical therapy began in high-school. I attended a summer camp of sorts geared towards students interested in the medical field. I toured medical schools, hospitals, participated in a public health symposium, ethical debates, and learned about different career paths. Physical therapy stood out to me as a combination of healthcare and coaching.Continue reading “Meet Dr. Kayte PT, DPT”
Disclaimer: Before using compression, get clearance from a medical professional. Garments are tools we have to keep our swelling in check so we can get on with our day and do the thing we were here to do. I’m not sure anyone dreams about having to wear a compression garment. Depending your comfort level withContinue reading “Garments: The good, the bad, and the ugly”
Sometimes the smaller areas require more work or orientation to detail. The 1 inch elasticized gauze I used I purchased in bulk online. You can also get it at your local pharmacy. Each gauze has about 3-6 uses before it gets gross or over stretched out. I also like to purchase 2 inch gauze andContinue reading “Toe compresion wrapping”
It is recommended that if you have lymphedema, a low sodium diet is best. Salt acts like a magnet for water which increases swelling in general for your body. Have you ever noticed your eyes may be a little puffy when you wake up after an especially salty meal the night before? Behavior change isContinue reading “Sodium Chloride”
Dr. Kayte PT, DPT and I have made a demonstration of self wrapping a leg. I really like how she has her other leg over the table to make it easier for her to move. She could also lay on her back and prop her leg up on some pillows. Another way to get accessContinue reading “Leg Compression Wrapping”
We all have bad hair days. It’s a universal human experience. You usually just take it in stride and trust tomorrow your hair will look better. The same goes for compression wrapping! I have been compression wrapping for over 14 years and I’ll still do a bad wrap job on myself or a patient fromContinue reading “When compression goes awry…”
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