I had a rather rough day yesterday, but am feeling better today. I think a lot of how I feel is determined by how I sleep the night prior to chemo.
I thought I would mention a few more things that I know about PORTS. I am no expert...but I have learned a few things.
The port is placed under the skin, usually in the upper chest/shoulder area and hooks into an artery. There are some ports that are in the stomach area...but I don't have that kind. Mine is a POWER PORT, which means I can also have blood drawn or given through my port. But here is the clincher. When you get your port and you hear that, you think, oh good, no more needle pokes in my veins. In order for blood to be drawn, the nurse must be certified. Most labs do not have certified techs on staff to do this....so, honestly, my port is used mostly for chemo.
Blood can be drawn from the port prior to chemo, but not after. So that is why many times I still have to be poked.
I will admit that I had a LOT, and I mean a LOT of pain when I got my port. I was bruised from my earlobe, down to the middle of my breast. I could not stand to move for about 2 days. Every movement was excruciating. However, other people have said they had no problems...so I guess it depends on the patient. I always tell people to get some pain meds ahead of time, just in case.
The port is usually place under Twilight sleep!..that scared me, but I told the nurse, I don't want to feel this at all....and I didn't. Woke up in my room, no memory of it at all. So if you ever have to have it done...tell them!
I love my port. I prefer it to having the chemo straight in the veins, which can be rather hard on them. Yes, you can see it under my skin. It is small, but it is there. Sometimes, usually at night, I become AWARE of it. Like it is pulling or something. But generally, I don't know it is there.
I think personally the biggest problem with the port is the unknown. You are already in shock that you have cancer and have to have chemo. Then they tell you they are going to put this object in you and you just are in a fog....
So, that is what I know about PORTS! for any of you who wanted to know!
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