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    bbay65 asked a questionBreast Cancer

    port

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      bbay65

      Thank-you all for the helpful responses. Such wonderful people. This site always makes me feel better. I like the "no heavy lifting". I am tired of firewood and laundry. May have to exaggerate this advise for a few days. haha

      about 2 years ago
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      Kathy1

      I found the procedure to be easy. You are put into a semi conscious state...I can still remember the surgeon talking to me...but no memory of pain. Use common sense after yur surgery. No lifting or moving things. Take a small pillow or towels with you. The area will be sore and yur car seat belt can bother it. That port will become yur best friend thru chemo! They can use it to draw blood, to administer medicines and give you chemo. Best of luck! Will be thinking of you!

      about 2 years ago
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      pattic0803

      I was completely against getting the port at first . not sure why really, but it really upset me when they told me I needed one. I think I was just overwhelmed at the time. Thinking back though, it was the definitely the best way to go! As everyone has already said, it was a pretty easy procedure. You'll probably be sore for a few days, but it's well worth it. Good luck to you!

      about 2 years ago
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    Flying to Florida

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      TiffanyJ

      I'm planning to fly in May and have been instructed by my oncologists and occupational therapist to wear a sleeve and gauntlet. It will prevent swelling due to the differences in pressure. There are several articles on the web, one here http://www.lymphnotes.com/article.php/id/33/ I plan to wear them as I've already experienced some mild swelling and don't want to risk making it worse. I had eleven nodes removed August 2013. Have a wonderful trip!

      about 3 years ago
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      peachpoppy

      I flew recently and wore my sleeve to avoid swelling. I didn't wear a gauntlet, but i don't have any issues with my hand, just upper arm. Anyway it seemed to work.

      My doctors and OT have all advised me to wear it when flying from here on out.

      about 3 years ago
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      karen1956

      I had my bilat with axillary node dissection 8 years ago.....at first I wore an over the counter "sleeve"....I saw an LE specialist and she did NOT recommend anything custom since I didn't have LE, but she gave me the over the counter thingy.... After a couple flights I said to heck with it and ever since I don't wear anything....I know that LE can rear its ugly head anytime.....I have flown from CO to Florida, to Ohio, to Chicago, to Toronto and to Israel several times and dont' wear anything.....

      about 3 years ago
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    Lympedema

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      leepenn

      oh man - that stinks... do you have lymphedema? when you say there is a little bit of swelling - well - that is subjective.size of a pea? marble? golf ball? skin is broken - size of a XXX? gash? puncture? how did you care for it right after it happened?

      is it red at all? is it hot to the touch? use a pen and draw around the red patch... call your nurses line and simply ask... can you snap a quick pic of the site? before and after drawing the penned outline? the pen outline will help them figure out if the redness is spreading or not... or they may just say - meh - don't worry yet... and instruct you as to what you should watch for.

      please seek medical advice asap - when in doubt, please just make that call.

      and good luck - i'm hoping it's a tiny little thing... with a wee bit of swelling... that'll be gone before you wake up tomorrow.

      about 3 years ago
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      karen1956

      Wish I had the correct answer...but all I can say is it depends...you never know when LE will rear its ugly head!!!
      Agree with id_105...see your pcp about the dog bite to be sure no infection etc....All the best to you...

      about 3 years ago
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      bbay65

      Thanx for your answers. The bite happened last night, so the swelling is minimal and just around the bite area. I was wearing gloves so the wound is more of a scrape than a puncture and it is about the size of a dime. I may call in the morning. I do feel reassured.

      about 3 years ago