Halifax woman appeals for return of stolen medical stockings
Amber Graveline, 29, says $500 made-to-measure medical stockings were delivered to her mailbox
A Halifax woman is appealing to whoever took made-to-measure medical stockings from her mailbox in the city's west end to return them.
Amber Graveline, 29, says her nurse delivered them in a package but when she went to pick it up on Wednesday, it was missing.
She posted a notice in her neighbourhood asking for the return of the garment and says she reported the incident to police.
"I'm frustrated, I'm frustrated," said Graveline, who needs the compression stockings to control severe swelling in her right leg.
"I couldn't imagine why a medical garment tailored to my leg would be of interest to anybody else, but that seems to be what happened."
Stockings medical necessity
Graveline has a condition called Lymphedema, a side effect from multiple surgeries she's had following complications to remove a cancerous tumour in 2012.
Graveline's right leg is disfigured and paralyzed, and without the compression stocking, fluid builds up.
She said the swelling can get very painful and without a stocking it becomes difficult to get around on crutches.
A local nurse measured her for the heavy-weight stockings which are made in Germany and cost about $500.
Appeals to neighbours
Graveline receives disability assistance from the province to pay for stockings, which wear out every few months.
"In my flyer I said if you need a medical stocking I will help you figure that out, there are other ways to acquire that without taking from somebody who you know, obviously needs it," said Graveline.
"It's definitely not a fashion statement style item, it's very much a medical necessity for me anyway."