I have never had a port inserted, although I know about them & have often had discussions with my doctors about having one inserted - especially recently when my veins have just been giving up on me! The surgeon I went to has inserted all my other perm-caths & knows me well, so I knew that I could trust him completely. He saw me before I went under, squeezed my hand & told me that everything was going to be ok. I really appreciated it, as I was stressing whilst I was lying waiting to be wheeled into theatre (in my super sexy one-size-fits-all paper panties & hospital gown - please can someone design something that doesn't look so dreadful?).
I had my perm-cath inserted at the same time as I am still having to go in for plasmapheresis & they cannot continually insert temporary lines as my veins are filled with scar tissue & the pain is unreal when they try to break through this. I didn't want to have to go under again, & also I don't think my medical aid would like me having to book in again!
About 3 hours after my operation I was finally wide awake enough to message friends & family to let them know that I was fine - and I took the beautiful photo above. Can you tell I am still a bit high on the medication & very unimpressed with the pain? Gee whiz - the pain. It was unreal. I felt like I had been hit by a train in my chest & was completely miserable. I don't usually ask for pain killers, but this time I had to. I just couldn't cope with it. For such a small operation it sure did have a huge impact on my body!
A couple of hours after this my doctor came & said they were happy with how I had recovered so I could go home - that same day!!! I have NEVER had such a quick hospital stay & I was so excited to go home to my own bed to recover. I kept a cushion on my chest at all times to protect everything from my dogs as they love to give kisses & cuddles, & we couldn't risk anything being pulled out/scratched.
Since then things have got better day by day. I am still quite tired & sore, but I am able to move around a lot more & at least I could take off some of my plasters - I react so badly to these & sometimes think that the itching may have been worse than the actual pain.
|Three Days Post-Op|
We will be starting chemo (through my port - eeek!) in about 3 weeks time. I am almost finished with my antibiotics for the PCP pneumonia, & once that is done I will have more blood tests & then the new treatment begins. I am excited, but also very nervous. Chemo is no fun, but I am hopeful this will make a difference in the quality of my life - and at least I have the pipes in for any plasma that I may need.
Onwards & upwards!