recovery do's and don'ts
Before exercising actively be certain that post surgical swelling subsides and that surgical wounds are healing.
Keep arm elevated after surgery to preventing swelling. Use two pillows to support arm when lying down or sitting.
When your body tells you it's tired --listen to it. Rest, go to bed early.
Be selective in what you do when you are tired. But remember some activity can make you feel better.
Above all, strive for a little improvement every day.
Hesitate to see your doctor immediately if you notice any swelling of any part of the hand or arm with or without redness or pain.
Carry heavy shopping, luggage or other heavy weights with the affected arm.
Wear shoulder bags on the affected arm. The pressure of the strap can cause lymphedema.
Over do things when your blood counts are low.
Ever give up!
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