Lucia has a cut knee…a day I have been dreading since she was a baby because of the possible risks associated with her Lymphoedema. And I am currently wondering if it would be wrong to dress her every morning in a padded onesie (only joking…I think!).
I am happy to say that she is fine and thanks to the protection of her compression tights (go compression!) the cut really isn’t too bad and is healing well.
Max, Lucia and I were out for a walk and the two of them were running up the path when she tripped, fell and landed hard on her knees. I immediately went to pick her up but, being the independent little lady she is, she refused to let me lift her and carried on running after her big brother as if it hadn’t happened!
She LOVES to run – where is the fun in walking when you can run everywhere? My heart tends to be in my mouth when she takes off as she can be a little unsteady and I am always afraid of her tripping. I am still the same with Max even though he is 5! We live in a village with a lot of hills and over the years he has fell up them and down them numerous times resulting in some nasty cuts – so I have been trying to prepare myself for the same sorts of things with Lucia.
However, Lucia cutting herself has the real potential to bring with it some serious complications such as infection, cellulitis and even hospitalisation on iv antibiotics. As you know, I am a very positive person and our family has a very positive outlook on life but this has been and will continue to be a real worry for me.
The fluid that is in her legs and feet is not just excess water – it is full of harmful proteins and toxins which are unable to be removed from the body therefore any small scratch, cut or bite can quickly lead to a serious infection such as cellulitis. And because her immune system is compromised with the Lymphoedema it also takes her longer to heal as well.
However, as I have said before in previous posts, she is a pretty robust little girl and her cut is healing just fine. On a bare leg or even with a pair of ‘normal’ tights it would have been much worse – but the heavier, sturdier compression tights made sure that the cut didn’t go too deep. We have been treating it regularly with savlon cream to try and ensure it doesn’t turn into anything more serious and so far so good.
She also had a horrendous case of chicken pox when she was just eight months old and with the open sores that she had then we were really on edge and keeping a close eye on every spot for signs of infection – but she got through it fine.
Long may this continue as part of being a child is falling and getting scrapes and cuts. Obviously we will try and prevent her from hurting herself as much as we can to minimise the risks, but, short of dressing her in that padded onesie we will just have to take each day as it comes!