Posted by Wendy Kidd on Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Another day, another surgery. This makes three if you're counting. Which I am.
I got my port put in yesterday so that I don't have to keep getting stuck every time I have chemo or a procedure or a blood draw. It was an outpatient procedure done at the surgical center by the same doctor who did my lymph node biopsy. I like his neat, precise stitching so I decided to let him cut me again. It's not like I had anything else planned for the day. (Like eating, which I did not get to do until about 4:30 pm).
The port, which is properly known as a PowerPort, is triangular in shape, purple in color, and about the size of a small matchbox. It is a catheter that is implanted under the skin of the chest and inserted into a blood vessel. That's where they will put in a needle to give me chemo or to take blood. I also got a nifty key chain and a purple rubber bracelet to go with the port. These are to remind me to tell my docs I have a port. You know, just in case I should forget that there's a big purple thing stuck in my chest. They told me that I would be able to see a small bump under my skin where the access point is, but I still have the area bandaged, so I haven't seen anything yet.
What I do know is that this sucker hurts worse than anything they have done to me thus far. The memory of the procedure itself is lost somewhere in the land of Versed. I remember nothing. What I feel, however, is pain. Ow. I'm glad they put the port on my left side instead of my right, because I can barely lift my left arm. And today is better than yesterday. I have a big bandage from my left armpit, up to my shoulder and across to my cleavage. There is no hiding it under anything but a turtleneck, and I could not possibly care less. There's a big wad of bandage peeking out of the neckline of my shirt. Only slightly more distracting is the odd one-handed hairdo I created this morning. The right side looks normal, but I couldn't really reach the left side, so it's looking a little (lot) flat. Whatever. I didn't shave my legs this morning either, in case you were wondering. Please - do not email me and ask me out. I know I sound irresistible, but I am married.