Hello, my name is Caroline Sprott. If you haven't read the first part of my FAQ, you can here catch up.
I am confronted with many questions on all channels almost every day and some of them repeat themselves so much that sometimes I feel as if I am playing a cassette. So I am collecting the most frequently asked questions and my answers to them here. Have fun!
Why do you prefer arm socks?
I have been wearing arm sleeves since my diagnosis and so far I have not had any problems with them. Since they performed well on my arms anatomically both before the liposuctions and in everyday life afterwards, I never questioned them. I would try the bolero variant out of curiosity, but basically I don't like the look of the previous solution. A strip of connecting fabric flashes out from the neck and on sleeveless dresses you can see a large gap between the bolero sleeves and the garment. None of this is mine.
How many supplies do you have and why are there so many?
Seriously, I don't know, and I won't count them either. Why should I piss me off on it or catalog them? I don't need to know how many there are because it just doesn't matter. I have to admit, I also don't know what to do with the answer to this question. I am so painfully aware that with this selection I am indulging in pure luxury and of course every woman would treat it. Thanks to my work on the blog, two regular supplies every six months and various photo shoots, I naturally have a large selection. What the ladies who ask me are probably not seeing is the many many many many hours of work associated with many of my supplies. I don't get anything for free.
I like to refer to myself as a compression messi. Last year during my big vacation in Japan I took some three or four year old supplies with me, only to throw them away after they were worn. No shit, 3/5 of my suitcase was filled with flat knit compressions. The more space I had for rice spices on the way back. Mhhhh, rice seasoning.
I've been wearing compression for eight years now and have worn every compression to the last breath in that time. So I am fully aware of the value of the supplies and I do not become wasteful of it.
How do you become a compression model?
To be honest, I personally never got the idea of wanting to be a model, let alone being able to be. As average and I slowly expanded our collaboration back then, I was asked if I would like to be there for a photo shoot.
Oh god, me, a model? I don't even know if I can do that ?! But as the saying goes: “You don't learn to swim in familiar waters.” So let's go into the unknown and just grow from it.
You may have already seen what has happened since then. By accident I was able to do it somehow with modeling and swusch, I was a "compression model".
Yes, how do I become a compression model now?
In principle, you are welcome to apply to the respective manufacturers and introduce yourself. Note, however, that each of them may only do a maximum of two flat knit shoots a year and the probability that it will work immediately is not the highest. Still, it doesn't cost anything to ask.
Why do you still wear compression after your liposuctions?
Having one or more liposuctions behind you does not automatically mean that you are symptom-free. Lipedema is a chronic disease and even the most resourceful, greatest doctor is dubious who promises you a cure.
You have a tendency towards this disease in you and it cannot be operated on. If it's really hereditary, then it's in your DNA, along with the size of your little toe, your eye color, and your hair color.
Fat cells do not automatically become more or less when they gain or lose weight, but rather they become smaller or larger. In principle, you can have a certain number of fat cells in your body that is similar to that of a "healthy" person. They are just more or less full.
I recently learned from a doctor that the human body can produce up to 10% new fat cells per year. This means that only after successful liposuctions you cannot completely leave the risk of developing symptoms again.
After about a year I felt the first pinch again and immediately started again with conservative therapy. In recent years I have unfortunately had to record that there are slowly increasing numbers of bad days, so please befriend the thought that you will also need a plan B for your life without or after the liposuction.
You can find an important article on the topic here.
Your Caroline Sprott. (The SEO needs that, scusi.)
Hello. I am looking for a good doctor who is familiar with lipedema. So I don't live so far from Wetzlar in the Taunus. Who can you recommend ???
Absolutely wonderful! 😀
Especially the statement about the final nature of lipedema ... it's true!
For the first time I have to write a comment on this. Thanks to the whole team for your great work!
Just heard about my older sister's diagnosis (20 years old). The middle one probably has it too. I've had it myself for 1,5 years and the blog was recommended to me by my first physiotherapist (great!) And I did the same with my sister (s).
Thank you so much!
Greetings from Regensburg