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From the Mouth of Bayla #11: port-a-cath person

Two nights ago, mom suggested to me that “tomorrow you could draw a face around my port-a-cath, because it kind of looks like a nose”. So, last night I drew the person. I was going to put 2 GIANT hairy nostrils on the bottom of the port-a-cath but mom wouldn’t let me. I can’t believe I did the person without hurting mom. Today I woke up and  the port-a-cath person was smudged.

Bayla (Now 9!) is the youngest member of the Clan Ross-Blevis. You can read more from Bayla here.

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Bayla Posted by Bayla March 8, 2010

March 8, 2010 at 5:10 am.

7 comments

  • Bayla

    hi bayla, you rock I’m going to school today I hope to see you there I will be waiting for you.nn-bayla

  • http://www.markblevis.com Mark

    That's a great face, Bayla. I still think you could have done the nostrils without hurting mom.

  • Linda

    I like this whimisical person on the port-a-cath, did you name her? maybe Cath or Portia. Very cute idea. How does this port-a cath work?

  • Linda

    I like this whimisical person on the port-a-cath, did you name her? maybe Cath or Portia. Very cute idea. How does this port-a cath work?

  • http://www.WeCanRebuildHer.com Andrea Ross

    Thanks, Linda — Cathy is a great name!

    The port-a-cath pumps chemo meds into the largest vein in the body, feeding directly into the heart. I just about passed out (and so did Mark), when the nurse showed me the length of tubing they feed into the vein. Yikes.

    I was more scared of the port-a-cath installation than either of my surgeries — partly because I went on my own and mostly because they don't do it under general anesthetic.

    The staff at the port-a-cath clinic were absolutely fablulous and it went really smoothly afterall. I could FEEL them tugging away at the stitches etc but because I was high on whatever joy juice they gave me, I was grossed out but couldn't actually feel the pain of the stitches.

    I still get extremely grossed out when I think of this big thing implanted in my chest; when the puncture my skin to attach the various tubes for chemo or to draw blood; when anything touches it.

    But it is supposed to save the veins in my arms etc from the major damage that chemo would cause if it were injected by PICC line or by separate needle pricks each time. And it's much more convenient than the PICC line, which needs to be wrapped during showering, prevents you from moving your arm, lifting certain things etc (or so I'm told)

    Apparently, when I'm all healed and cancer is a thing of the past, they'll open me back up and take it out.

  • http://www.WeCanRebuildHer.com Andrea Ross

    Thanks, Linda — Cathy is a great name!nnThe port-a-cath pumps chemo meds into the largest vein in the body, feeding directly into the heart. I just about passed out (and so did Mark), when the nurse showed me the length of tubing they feed into the vein. Yikes. nnI was more scared of the port-a-cath installation than either of my surgeries — partly because I went on my own and mostly because they don’t do it under general anesthetic. nnThe staff at the port-a-cath clinic were absolutely fablulous and it went really smoothly afterall. I could FEEL them tugging away at the stitches etc but because I was high on whatever joy juice they gave me, I was grossed out but couldn’t actually feel the pain of the stitches.nnI still get extremely grossed out when I think of this big thing implanted in my chest; when the puncture my skin to attach the various tubes for chemo or to draw blood; when anything touches it.nnBut it is supposed to save the veins in my arms etc from the major damage that chemo would cause if it were injected by PICC line or by separate needle pricks each time. And it’s much more convenient than the PICC line, which needs to be wrapped during showering, prevents you from moving your arm, lifting certain things etc (or so I’m told)nnApparently, when I’m all healed and cancer is a thing of the past, they’ll open me back up and take it out.nnn

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