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Hello. I'm new. This is my first post. I've had a bilater

Hello. I'm new. This is my first post. I've had a bilateral mastectomy with lymph nodes out of both sides. I've had cellulitis 3 times and am considered high risk for lymphedema. Does anyone know how I should get bloodwork, vaccines, IVs, and blood pressure done? Thank you

Aug 24, 2017

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Unless the doctor(s), have specifically said" Do Not use this arm" for: blood draws, IV's,BP checks, and immunizations: then you should be able to continue to use both arms as before. Except this time : by telling each time your history you are creating an extra layer of protection followed by the nurses, etc. And, instead of putting the BP cuff on your upper, they may choose to place on your lower arm instead. The medical community will know how to proceed and should appreciate the extra few step precautions your care now requires. The doctor can write a prescription for anti-edema under garments to aid in preventing and treating of lymphedema. If you have any more questions: you are always encouraged to verify with your ďoctor.


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