Doff N’ Donner is Back

Doff N Donner Bladder Pole and Box

Doff N Donner Bladder, Pole and Box

 The first step in being compliant with your physician’s orders to wear compression stockings is to be able to get them on. The Doff N’ Donner products are the easiest to use for self donning (helping you remain as independent a possible) as well as for a caregiver to assist you. Support Hose Plus is very excited that we have these products from Doff N’ Donner back on our website. Can you tell this is my favorite donner? The Doff N’ Donner is a revolutionary donner and doffer which can be used on knee high and thigh high garments using a very simple principal. The compression stocking (closed or open toe) is applied to the cone or your arm.  The Donner, a toroid or torus (an infinitely shaped water bladder or balloon that works by inverting on itself), is placed on the cone or your arm and the support stocking is rolled around the doughnut shaped donner. The stocking is then simply rolled onto the leg.

Check out how to use the cone and bladder. When you finish simply close the YouTube video tab and you should return to this email. The Cone and the Bladder are sold separately. They can be used with open toe or closed toe garments.

Doff N Donner Runway

Doff N Donner Runway

Now that you have seen how to use the Doff N’ Donner Pole and Bladder to get the stocking ready for donning, see how easy donning can be accomplished. It is so easy a six year old girl can do it! This is the second video on the page.

We have added another great product from this company, the Doff N Donner Runway.  See how the Runway can enable you to complete your donning by yourself. In fact I received a note from a customer today saying she thought this product was amazing and she thought it should be included with all orders of support hose.

 If you are having donning issues, this is the go to product to enable you to be compliant with your physician’s orders. Please call one of our Certified Fitters for assistance with this order at 1-800-515-4271.

Support Hose Plus has always been proud to offer you superior products at the lowest price possible. We are very proud to offer you JobstMediSigvarisJuzo, and Therafirm  We look forward in the future to offer other superior products for daily living and leg health.

Here is to your leg health,

Chemotherapy and Deep Vein Thrombosis

In a newsletter last month I did not mention one of the conditions which can lead to Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)…I probably missed more than one. A wonderful customer reminded me and I thought it was important enough that we should revisit this.

Our customer wrote: In one of your recent blogs, you listed conditions that cause blood clots, but one cause was not on the list: chemotherapy.
During chemo, I developed classic signs of marked bilateral calf pain. The symptoms appeared neither suddenly nor gradually (I know, big help!). Thank goodness I didn’t let the pain go unaddressed, and when after my oncologist examined me, he asked if I wanted an ultrasound, I agreed. However I don’t think he believed anything was wrong.
During the ultrasound of my legs, even before I stepped down from the procedure table, not only had the techs told me I had blood clots, but they insisted I be wheel-chaired back to my doctor’s office in the same complex. I received immediate anticoagulation therapy.
By reporting this pain to my doctor, I saved my own life. Both the Coumadin and the compression stockings successfully cleared the clots; a repeat ultrasound last week showed no new clots, and the technician said “Your veins look beautiful!”
Who would have thought I would rejoice over my “beautiful veins”?
Thank you for fine service over the years. I encourage all women who are on their feet a lot to wear compression stockings, as I like to say they “hold up the world.” My leg pain–even clot free–is severe, and the stockings totally eliminate that pain.”

There are several reasons blood clots form in cancer patients who are on chemotherapy. I will try to address a few of them here.

Patients with cancer may have a higher number of platelets and clotting factors in their blood, possibly because cancer cells produce and release chemicals that stimulate the body to make more platelets. Platelets are very small, special blood cells that are involved in clot formation. They cluster together to form a plug to stop bleeding. They also produce other chemicals to help the blood clot and repair the leaking blood vessel.

Clotting factors are proteins made naturally by the body. They combine with platelets to help form blood clots and prevent bleeding. If you have more platelets and higher amounts of clotting factors than normal in your body, your blood is more likely to clot.

When chemotherapy kills cancer cells, the cells can release substances that cause an increase in blood clotting (coagulation). Specific types of chemotherapy drugs are more likely to cause a blood clot than others. A cancer patient’s doctor should explain to them if the drugs they are having increase their risk of getting a blood clot. Doctors are very clear that the benefits of the chemotherapy far outweigh the risks for developing a blood clot and patients should keep taking it. But patients should know the symptoms of a blood clot just in case.

Surgery and chemotherapy can both damage the walls of blood vessels. This will increase your risk of developing a blood clot.

The blood normally has proteins that are anticoagulants in it that help to thin the blood. If you have cancer you may have lower levels of these proteins.

Sometimes cancer or treatment can make a patient feel very ill and too tired and weak to move around as usual. Being inactive increases the risk of clotting because the normal movement of the leg muscles helps to pump the blood back up to the heart.

Just in case, cancer patients should be aware of the common symptoms of a blood clot:

  • Pain, redness and swelling around the area where the clot is
  • The area around the clot may feel warm to touchIf these occur, the cancer patient should not wait to see if it goes away. The symptoms should be reported to the physician or the physician’s nurse immediately.To help prevent clots:
  • Talk to your physician. (I have many oncologist around the country who want their cancer patients in some kind of compression.)
  • Take short walks as often as possible
  • If you can’t move around much, do simple leg exercises every hour, such as bending and straightening your toes and making figure 8’s.
  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated

With the advancement in medicine, cancer is being diagnosed earlier, and there are many cancer survivors. As some of you know my husband, Rod, is a cancer survivor. He wears his support socks every day and is doing quite well. We don’t want other cancer survivors to have to deal with DVT or worse. Advise you friend, family member, or loved one to talk to their oncologist about wearing support socks.