Saturday, March 28, 2009

Another brief hospital visit

We checked into the hospital at about 5:50 a.m. and they had her prepped and ready to go for the surgery by 7:15 a.m. They gave her a general anesthesia... they wanted to put her under because they were going to bury the port underneath the skin. She asked for just a local anesthetic at first, but they said no way. She's a tough girl but I'm glad they knocked her out.

The port was inserted and took about 18 minutes total. After the procedure the doctor came in and said that it went in fine. Her skin is thin so she may be a little sore. I asked if there was any maintenance and he said not really. The port will be used for the chemo treatments and also can take blood out for testing of it if needed. In some cases the port would need to be cleaned if it hasn’t been used in a couple of months but that shouldn’t be the case.

They put it on her left side under the collar bone. I imagine that since her right shoulder is still sore from her fall last December, that they put it on that side so it wouldn't interfere with her physical therapy. The round part creates a bump in her skin. The nurse said the area would be swollen and tender.

She told the surgeon that she was going to get another oncologist's opinion on Monday. His nurse was going to fax over the reports first thing. He was supportive of the decision and told her that she needed to do the best for herself. I agree!

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