Friday, July 24, 2009
I know a lot of people are unfamiliar with ports so I will share what I know. Here is a great link showing a picture of a port and placement: http://www.diamondblackfananemia.com/links/mediportinfo2.pdf.
My port was placed on my left chest a few inches below my collar bone. This is a picture with the port accessed.
I don't know what it will look like when it is not accessed. The port will stay accessed the entire time I am on IVs. The needle gets changed every 7 days. I will have my home health nurse do that because I don't think I can pick myself with a needle. The reason this is better than a PICC is I can have my home health nurse access it when I need it and I don't need to go in the hospital just to start IVs.
So far I have done everything that I normally do. I even did my vest and had no problems with it.
In other news, I am going home today. I have a IV due at 2pm and I am going to get chest PT. After that, I can spring this joint. I will be on home IVs for another week and a half.
I cannot wait to be at home with my puppies and sleep in my own bed.