• getting a port tomorrow

    Asked by JeanB on Sunday, May 5, 2013

    getting a port tomorrow

    I am getting a port tomorrow, yeah me. Finally making some progress here. Only draw back is that the chemo doctor doesnt want to step on my surgeons toes so I have to drive to Boise to get it done, instead of someone else doing it here. That's 125 miles away. So I'm thinking, to easy the sting of the drive I should find me a scrapbook store that I haven't been to yet. Yes, Whatnext family, I may need a 12 step program for this. God bless all.

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    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Wow - what a long trip for a 45 min procedure. When I had my port inserted last Aug I showed up at the hospital at 8:30 and left by 11:15 - most of the time was spent registering, prep, and recuperation. I am very lucky to live a 20 min Walk (5 min by car) from where I am being treated. I hope you love your port as much I do mine. Since it's in my chest, both my hands are free so I can knit, crochet, do crossword puzzles etc while being infused.

      Scrap-booking sounds like a fun thing to do while driving. You may want to continue during treatment as well.

      best of luck.

      over 4 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I agree with SueRae about the port, you will love having it. Allthough if you don't get chemo without one first you don't have anything to compare with, but trust anyone that says it's the way to go. I'm glad your getting one.

      Now as for your help with the scrapbooking, I guess that's like my addiction to motorcycles and music stores. If you enjoy it I say carry on.

      over 4 years ago
    • Svaha's Avatar

      I had a port put in. No problem with it and it does make life easier. I totally understand what you're saying. It isn't the cancer making us crazy it's dealing with the treatment and those who provide that treatment so sign me up for that 12 step:-)

      over 4 years ago
    • Ivy's Avatar

      It's a good move to get a port, even though you have the drive. I recommend that you have someone else make the trip with you, as you may be a little sore and not quite up to par for the drive back. Also, if you're getting the port in your chest, do have a really soft, small pillow to place between the port and the shoulder strap of your seat belt. I found it not very comfortable to have anything generating pressure on the port incision for awhile, so I kept a small pillow in the car. Also, ask for the Emla cream prescription to use before each chemotherapy, and you'll be really pleased to have your port. Good luck with all your treatments and your recovery.

      over 4 years ago
    • EllasDaddy's Avatar

      So how did it go? It's ashame that you had to go out of your way. My Oncologist set everything up for me including a preop meeting with the surgeon. I will say I was fine until they took me back to the preop waiting area before surgrey. I became extremely nervous and upset. (Chemo side effect) thankfully I had an excellant nurse who showed me hers and talked me down. My only thing is I still have a phobia about touching it and its been 6 months. After doing the first week of chemo with an IV I wouldn't trade my port for anything. I always ask for the freezy spray before they access my port. The creme didn't work well enough for me.

      over 4 years ago

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