I Have A Port...Now If My Ship Will Just Come In!

@caver1 (1765)
United States
May 12, 2009 12:30pm CST
They put a port in for me yesterday. Of course, I'm being siily, there won't be any ships in my port. It's a PowerPort actually. It will be used to give me chemo and to draw blood as needed. You can read about it at Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port_(medical) Any one else in MyLot land that has a port? Mine is quite sore at the moment, but I expect it to get better. Will it always be tender ?
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• United States
12 May 09
I have a three year old cousin that has had to go through chemo and she had a port. Her's became infected several times and that was not fun. She never specifically said that it hurt but you could tell that it was tender, but after they took it out and it healed up she is doing great and she isn't as sore. I think you have a great attitude. I hope your ship does come in.
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@caver1 (1765)
• United States
13 May 09
I'm glad your cousin is doing well, it must be hard to watch someone so young have to go through chemo. At least as an adult I understand why they need to do what they are doing. I start the chemo tomorrow morning.
• United States
13 May 09
Some things do not change with age, it is hard on family. But keep your chin up, if she can do it you can too.
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@caver1 (1765)
• United States
13 May 09
Your little cousin can be my inspiration. I did have my first chemo today. So far no bad reactions. I pray it will stay that way.
@veromar (1458)
• Argentina
12 May 09
When my Mom went through chemo, she was given the choice of using a port or simply letting them put the chemo into her blood stream via the big vein on the front of her hand. In her case, she opted for the vein. I went with her to her chemo sessions and the majority of the patients had ports. In general chit chat, they all stated that more than anything, it was uncomfortable. Getting used to it took time and they said it was always tender. Most said the tenderness was worth it to them over getting their veins stuck every time they got chemo. I often thought about that as they would insert the needle in my Mom's hand to give her the chemo. It hurt. The look of pain on her face while they were inserting made me leave the room. I just can't stand to see my Mom in pain! She still says she'd do it the same way again if necessary. Just didn't like the thought of having a port. Made things seem more "permanent", if you know what I mean. Having the port would remind her that she was going through chemo. I hope your sessions pass quickly and with minimal side effects. It's sure not easy. Stay positive and I'm sure your ship WILL come in!
@caver1 (1765)
• United States
13 May 09
I have small hard to find veins, so I think the port will be a good choice for me. I'm hoping for minimal side effects too. I guess I'll find out tomorrow and in the following weeks.
@veromar (1458)
• Argentina
13 May 09
Best of luck to you in this. I sincerely hope things work out well for you and that you don't have too much discomfort with the port.
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@caver1 (1765)
• United States
13 May 09
It did hurt when they stuck the needle in my port today, but it is still sore from just having it put in. I'm sure it will get better as the incision heals.
@Beertjie (978)
• South Africa
16 May 09
I do not have a port as yours but I do have a fistula. That is also for access for needles to get blood. I have kidney failure and recieve dialysis treatment, maybe you know what it is. Two 2mm thick needles get stuck in my arm, the blood circulates out, through the machine for a cleansing process and back. This happens three times a week for four hours. The fistula looks like very large lumps on my arm as the veins grew bigger. It is actualy at a stage where it is dangerous because it may burst. i am seeing a doctor soon to discuss other options. May your port not have any infection and work very well, and good luck with the chemo. I will be praying for you. Blessings
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@caver1 (1765)
• United States
19 May 09
Hope you don't have problems with your fistula before you get a chance to look at your other options. My incision is still red and tender. I don't know if that is normal or not, but I'm going to the dr. office tomorrow for them to draw blood, so I'll ask about it. I don't want an infection.