These days I wear my sleeve when I work out. If I wear a wrist watch or bracelet, no matter how loose, for a day or two, I need to wear my sleeve for a week or so. If I carry anything semi heavy or just awkwardly, I wear my sleeve. So I have been wearing it a lot. I have many more sleeves now so I always have clean ones - in medical beige that doesn't match anything.
But then (insert drum roll) Lymphedivas discovered my blog! Happiness reigns. They sent me a sleeve to try in the design of my choosing. I had looked at their sleeves a couple of years ago and thought they were pretty and expensive and not very practical. But then I had to make a decision on what kind of sleeve I wanted. First there is the issue of color palette - something too strong would clash with too many outfits. Next was pattern - I do not like stripes, I do not want something that looks like a tattoo. There were too many to choose from! I spent a long time on their site. Finally I narroed it down to a few:
C4YW Pink was also a possibility - light pink with some texture to it.
Damask patterned ones I liked.
Featherie was a strong contender as well.
Finally after going back and forth for an hour or more (yes really), I picked:
Midnight Lace - because everything looks a little better with lace.
In the box with my new sleeve and gauntlet (for my hand), was a pink nail file, a pen, a card offering me 10% off my next purchase, donning instructions (harder than you think), and it was all nicely wrapped up in tissue paper in a box. In contrast to the medical beige ones which show up in a manila envelope in a little squished box.
I did wear my new sleeve and gauntlet for a while on Saturday. I think it feels little longer than my medical sleeves but the compression felt fine. The gauntlet is a bit shorter from Lymphedivas - it ends at my knuckles instead of having finger holes for all five fingers.
I will wear it some more before I make any decisions. Its prettier than the others and seems to do its job. And it should be covered on my insurance - I would just need to submit a claim to the insurance company and get reimbursed I think. But since there is too much medical beige in my life, a little lace is a vast improvement.