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Nov 10, 2019 11:06PM
Nov 10, 2019 11:12PM
Photo not mine. Found on rleepenn's wordpress blog.
I just got mine on Wednesday. The actual port feels fine, the incision is a tiny bit sore still, but not bad at all. The first night I slept on my back. The second night I rolled over in my sleep. I have a spot on my neck, and the catheter tube going down (like in the picture that I found on a blog site) that tube is stitched to the muscle, and that was painful. But, perhaps there's different types of ports because most photos online don't have that. It's fine now, other than a feeling of having a stiff neck, and when I wake up and move out of bed it hurts from being in one position all night. But, it's on the mend, and improves everyday.
I'm the type of person who barely drinks alchohol so recovering from anesthesia probably took me longer than average. It was my first experience with surgery as well. I was done, and home, by 1pm and slept most of the day, and the next. A headache was what bothered me most, and I'm borderline anemic so I think my body just needed the rest.
It's on the opposite side of my tumor, and I wear a crossbody handbag, and that wasn't much of an issue.
I know it's scary, and you've had a lot of information to process already. It helps me to know that I'm finally starting the treatment process. One member said that she considers it her port of entry for thousands of little chemo warriors to rush in and attack. That imagery helped me.
10/11/2019, IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IIIC, Grade 3, 1/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
11/11/2019 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
2/3/2020 Adriamycin (doxorubicin)