Port for chemo

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Registered: 06-08-2002
Port for chemo
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Mon, 01-13-2014 - 12:53pm

So today I had outpatient surgery to insert a port into a vein in my chest, which will make my chemo treatments easier to administer.  My shoulder/right chest area is very sore, but the surgery went well.  Hopefully the port will be problem-free through my 6 months fo chemo.  Does anyone have experience with a port's longevity?  I was planning to go back to work tomorrow, but if I do, I will not be able to use my right arm to write on the board.  I will also have to take pain meds.  We'll see how I feel tomorrow morning at 5 am.





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Registered: 06-08-2002
Mon, 01-13-2014 - 6:58pm

No work tomorrow.  I have too  much pain, I am unable to lift my right arm more than a short distance, and I am not supposed to drive.  So that is out.  My surgery went well.  The pain med, Tramadol, doesn't seem to be working very well, however.  But otherwise, I feel positive and glad that I have that procedure behind me, and I can now focus on getting through the chemo.





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Registered: 08-25-2013
Thu, 01-16-2014 - 9:35am

One of my friends had a port that if i am remembering correctly stayed in for almost 2 years. I don't remember her having many problems with it after the first week.

When do you start your chemo?

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Registered: 06-08-2002
Thu, 01-16-2014 - 7:43pm

Monday, which luckily is MLK day in my school district so I won't be docked for that day.  Good to know that I probably won't need a new one anytime soon.