July 29th 2008 09:04 pm

Port might be ready…

Thank you so much for all of the prayers that went up today as I went in to have the port checked out. They took off all the tape and steri-strips, with some skin, and removed the sutures. It was actually very painful. Any and all adhesives take my skin with it, so I have red marks in the shape of squares where the bandages were and lines where the steri-strips were removed. I guess I heal well and quickly. The sutures were somewhat embedded into my skin making the removal of them more difficult and involved. They had to pull them out from the skin before they could cut them. I thought today would be easy, but I guessed wrong. Two nurses removed them apologizing the whole time for the pain.

In the end I had to wait for a doctor to come and look at the wound and tell me that it was a bit red, but that was probably from all the tugging and tape removal and it should go away. He said that I can shower – Yay! It’s been a week, so I know that Sol is excited about that (as am I…feeling pretty gross!). 😉

When I asked about using the port tomorrow for the blood draw, the nurse said that it was probably ok, but that there would be some pain. They have to feel for the port and then actually pinch it a bit before putting the special needle right into it. I don’t know which would be worse. Using the port tomorrow or having them search for a vein to draw blood through. I have to choose the lesser of the two evils. She told me to take a pain pill before going in…it might help. I’m scared and can’t wait for this part to be over and the port to be fully functional with NO pain!

I’m going to try to get some much needed sleep tonight. Thanks for all the emails and reminders that you’re praying for me. I need to hear it and enjoy reading your encouraging words!

By the way, Kai was fine at school. When we finally got through to the school, they said everyone was ok. He was a little scared talking about it later when we picked him up – so cute.

Love,

Monica

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One Response to “Port might be ready…”

  1. CherylGregSimoneMarcus on 30 Jul 2008 at 8:26 am #

    Remember Ukraine… was it 3 weeks without a shower? Sol got off lightly! 😉

    Praying for ya! Miss ya lots too!

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