All is well. The procedure started this morning about 7:30 a.m. and I was home by 1 or 2 pm today. I was able to eat lunch and supper. The site is located in the upper right chest. The line itself is visible under the skin crossing over the clavicle, leading to the internal jugular vein. This location is the most ideal as far as limited complications are concerned. I believe I am one of the first recipients of this name brand port. I stand to be corrected if I am wrong. I am pleased with my experience at the hospital, including nurses and surgeon. I am thankful for God’s hand in all of this along with so much encouragement and prayerful support from friends and family. My buddies from CVT Vascular lab came by before and after to visit. They had to kick me out of my room and make me go home – I was talking too much. Blame it on the sedation. The site is sore but tolerable so far, and I don’t know how I am going to get the betadine solution stains off of my skin. Any home brew remedies ladies? No, I am not going to try finger nail polish remover.
Mom and dad did the driving and waiting. Bob and Gladys came by after taking big boy to school for me. We got home and ate lunch. Mom and I started watering the fruit trees since they are showing signs of drought. I figure about 20 to 30 minutes per tree at full flow is enough to do the job. Just set the timer and go back inside. She won’t let me do anything just yet because of the port.
My second 3 week cycle starts this coming Tuesday. We have backed off of the Xeloda pills until the Dr. sees me Tuesday. This will be the first time we get to use the new port.
I guess after all this is done and they take the port out you could consider me “deported”.
(You can laugh now).
I feel so alive today it is surprising even me. I don’t know if it is the meds I was given, the Dr.Pepper (1can) and Coke (1/2 can) I drank after the procedure, all of the prayer support directed at me today – or all of it combined - I just know I felt more “alive” today than I have in weeks. I cannot define what I mean by alive other than just alive.
I was very inspired also by all of the medical stuff involved, too. It just makes you want to be the best you can be at whatever you do.
It is time to hit the hay and see how it is to sleep with this thing. Thank God for His mercy and grace.
God Bless and have a great weekend.