Sunday, April 29, 2012

Power port

Can I just say that I am so happy to have my port in place. I can't imagine going back to multiple needle pokes (honestly it usually took them at least 5 tries before they would get a vein) every time I need to have blood drawn or an MRI scan. Even though I had just had it placed on Thursday, it was so easy and relatively painless when they drew blood and gave me chemo on Friday. They said it would probably be a little less painful next time, because it would be more healed. If what I felt on Friday was the most pain I should feel from the port ever, I can't begin to express how much I wish I would have got one of these earlier.

Now it is called a power port, because not only can they do blood draws and administer my new chemo, but they can also put the contrast dye for the MRI scans through. So as far as I'm concerned, I shouldn't have to be poked any more except through the port.

If you're interested in my bionic piece, you can read about it here:

Despite Stanton's insistence, it doesn't make any fancy power noises when in use or do much of anything else. It just sits there and waits to be used.

I have included a couple of pictures. One of the port off the website and one of me with my new friend. I'm using a new iPad interface for blogger, so I'm not sure exactly how this will turn out.


  1. This photo is so great! Not only can we see what your new machinery looks (or doesn't look) like, but we can see the relieved and relaxed look on your face. To be honest, you look like you could burst into laughter at the moment you think of no more needle sticks!

  2. I'm confused by the "unique triangular shape". As a teacher, I would have told my students that was clearly a heart shape. And I love that it's purple! You're carrying a little piece of me with you! HA!