Survived the port a cath insertion

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Posted 10/12/2012 by cherrie4 in NSBR Board
 

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Posted: 10/12/2012 9:00:18 PM
To: Oliquig, edie3, AKathy, BethAnneM, Melissa, Kiwi-Jo and onlywork2scrap
Thanks for your input on the port a cath insertion. It wasn't nearly as bad as I had anticipated, sore but doable. Melissa "I had the Versed also and I was aware of my surroundings but didn't care"!
I hope I do as well with the chemo! Enjoy your weekend!

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Posted: 10/12/2012 9:07:16 PM
I had a Hickman IV placed, and they didn't knock me out. The worse part was the after swelling/soreness. It felt really tight and I made them change the dressing= helped a TON!
Good luck on your treatment (not sure what you're going through, but I have AML Leukemia and Chemo was really easy for me. I've done induction and currently doing consolidation before my stem cell transplant)



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Posted: 10/12/2012 9:07:33 PM
Hey I'm in MN too!!
I don't know where yours is placed - but I've found a nice collection of slutty low cut tops helps a lot. Mine is just above my bra and nurses and doctors just need access there all the time, so rather than try to button down a top or pull up a sweater, I wear a scoop neck or V neck tee to every hospital stay or appt. Makes things super easy.



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Posted: 10/12/2012 9:24:39 PM
Glad everything went well! Good luck with the chemo!


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Posted: 10/12/2012 9:26:48 PM

Hey I'm in MN too!!
I don't know where yours is placed - but I've found a nice collection of slutty low cut tops helps a lot. Mine is just above my bra and nurses and doctors just need access there all the time, so rather than try to button down a top or pull up a sweater, I wear a scoop neck or V neck tee to every hospital stay or appt. Makes things super easy.


I will look for some of "those" tops when I feel like getting out I just assumed they would make me wear a hospital gown but thanks for the tip! The placement of my port is right at bra strap level...its going to hurt!

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Posted: 10/12/2012 10:25:21 PM
That's exactly what i thought- not nearly as bad as anticipated.

I do recall that my neck was sore for a few days afterwards, but it certainly made chemo days easier!



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Posted: 10/12/2012 11:15:45 PM
Glad it went well. I missed your original thread but ports are great and not bad at all for insertion. I had my first one for 12 years (not for chemo) and it made life so much easier. Good luck with your chemo!

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Posted: 10/13/2012 2:01:20 AM
My mom had one inserted a few days ago, actually a week - seemed like a pretty simple procedure. I think it's the side effects of the meds that can be troublesome, so far she isn't doing too bad, a few ups and downs. I hope you are doing well

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Posted: 10/13/2012 5:51:11 AM
I'm glad to hear it went well for you. Good luck with your chemo


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Posted: 10/13/2012 6:42:48 AM
Just wanted to add my prayers and well wishes for your treatment.


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Posted: 10/13/2012 8:58:57 AM
Glad it all went well for you. Once the wound has healed up, it shouldn't hurt, even being at bra strap level. Mine was right where the seat belt lies while driving, and I was nervous about that first, but very soon forgot all about it. I could feel the port when I felt for it, but otherwise forgot it was there.

I didn't wear a hospital gown during chemo, just my ordinary clothes. I usually wore something that buttoned up, so that I could just undo enough buttons to expose the area where the port was.




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Posted: 10/13/2012 9:14:31 AM
I missed your original thread somehow. I'm so sorry that you are having to do chemo. They put my port in during my original mastectomy, so it was just all part of surgery. I won't lie- I hated that damned thing with a passion but it was great for chemo. My BS puts them in a terrible place and it always hurt, but I was very glad to have it too as my veins are horrible.

I found some bras that hook in the front at Walmart and wore that with shirts that snap in the front. It was always so easy to just unsnap everything and usually could re-snap most of it after they accessed the port.

Good luck with chemo! I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers! Feel free to PM if you have any questions.


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