Monday, March 21, 2011


It is Monday, and my port is scheduled to come out this Friday. I'm going alone, as no one seems to be available to escort me. I'm hoping it will be much, much muuuuch less painful than the operation to have it put in, see this post from 2008.

For the insertion of the port-a-cath they only gave me localized anesthesia. I was AWAKE for everything, from threading the catheter into my jugular vein (terribly weird sensation) to the stretching of my skin for port placement (which was so painful I was tearing up, whimpering, telling the nurses I could feel it all... to no avail).

It goes without saying that I'm slightly nervous, but I've been assured that the removal will be easy. For those of you who have never had a port, or were lucky enough to be under and have no memory of the procedure... there are tons of videos on Youtube that allow you to experience it vicariously!!

Skip to 4:00 to see the painful part I still have nightmares from... no wonder the surgeon dubbed it over with dracula music. ah ah ahhhh.


Caroline said...

I cant imagine watching the video on ports. The idea just turns my stomach. But I did go to get my port out by myself. It was not a big deal. The worst part was I had to wait an extra hour because they were running late. The hospital was not far from home so I only had to drive 15 minutes or so and I think I just came home and took a nap.

I think you'll be fine going by yourself but please post and let us know. Good luck!

Aunt B said...

Wish I could go with you. Will be thinking of you. Love you.

Laurie J. said...

Hi, Kaylin.

My daughter Brooke went to high school with you, and she told me about your blog a long time ago. I've been following it dilligently, but until recently couldn't figure out what I was doing wrong when I tried to comment. So I just never did. (I know... I'm old and lame.)

Anyhow, I've been a "silent" observer of your struggle over the past couple of years and am filled with admiration for the way you continue to face your disease with honesty, especially the painful parts that defy understanding.

I want you to know that every time I read your latest post, I pray for you. Our religious ideologies differ, but I believe (despite what you might see as evidence to the contrary) the God desperately loves you. I'm so sorry for what you and so many many others are going through. Even though I don't know you personally, I care.

Thanks so much for continuing to share your journey, and I will be praying for this procedure on Friday.

kaylin andres said...

hello Laurie, thanks for your comment and prayers. I deduce that you are a Jennings! much love to you.

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