You know that feeling when you get a new top that you just love? And when you put it on you feel confident on the inside and walk that little bit taller? Well that is how Lucia has been feeling over the last two weeks in her new pink compression tights. Yes, you did read PINK!
When Lucia was last measured for her compression I asked if we could get any other colours. So far we have just stuck with white and a really not so nice beige (very un-little girl like) – then we discovered Jobskin had a pink. So we decided to order her a pink pair.
And when they arrived they were so pink and so pretty and I was mentally going through Lucia’s wardrobe thinking of all the little dresses they would match with beautifully. Sadly though the sizing was all wrong and they didn’t fit her at all despite being made to her unique measurements. (Unfortunately this isn’t the first time this has happened but we do manage to get the issues ironed out.)
So first of all I was really annoyed. I saw the pink and then felt like it had been snatched away again. It feels like forever waiting on garments to arrive and there is always so much expectation and, believe it or not, a little excitement too. So when I got them home and they didn’t fit it felt like a kick in the teeth. But this time, Lucia was also disappointed and that annoyed me so much more. We tried the pink tights on and she LOVED them. She loved them so much she didn’t want to take them off never mind send them back.
Thankfully, we received a much better fitting pair two days later and our little lady couldn’t wait to get them on – and weirdly she looked so different! The pink was such a gorgeous change. Lucia absolutely loves them and has been asking to wear them everyday since we received them – they obviously make her feel extra special. I also know that I need to cherish her asking to wear them as I have no doubt that this won’t always be the case.
So now I have the colour bug and have been getting a little carried away. What other colours are available? Can we get patterns? Stripes? Spots? If not, why not? Can we make this happen? Pink is amazing but greedily I want more! And Lucia deserves more – as does every other child, girl or boy, with Lymphoedema. Obviously the job that the compression does is of paramount importance but surely in 2015 it should be possible to create something that looks nice as well. Something to think about.