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Lesley Kreft: 5 things my leg ulcer stops me doing


The old saying ' You don't realise what you have until it's gone' is so true. Here are 5 things I miss incredibly and did not fully appreciate until I had my leg ulcer

1.Having a bath

There is nothing better after a long day than to sink into a lovely bubble bath. Well I have haven't actually had a full body bath in nearly 3 years. I have to wear a rubber tube to protect all my dressings and the stocking that covers the bottom half of my leg as I'm not allowed to get them wet.

2. Shaving my legs

Most woman will agree with me when I say it’s lovely having silky smooth, freshly shaved legs. However, for me I can only shave 1 ½ legs. Again because of my stockings and dressings It limits me and this drives me crazy because under the stocking I have long leg hair that makes my leg sweaty and itchy.

3. Swimming

This is very first thing my daughter wants to do with me when I have healed! We used to go swimming as a family nearly every week and now that’s just not possible any more. I have to sit on the side and watch the rest of my family having fun without me.

4. Soft play centres

I used to love taking my children to these places, climbing up and down all the different levels, playing in the ball pits. However there is no possible way I can do this anymore, in case my ulcer gets knocked. Again, I just have to sit on the side and watch my children playing.

5. Wearing a dress

This isn't so much a physical thing because it's quite easy to actually put a dress on. This is more a mental thing. I mentally can't cope with wearing a dress. All of my dressings, bandages, stocking are on show for everyone to see and it's not nice when I hear people making comments on my leg. I've heard children asking their parents what's wrong with my leg and the parents not really knowing how to answer or just hurrying past me.


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