To Port or Not to Port: that is the question.

Pending her next cycle of chemotherapy, my Hodgegirl went to see one of the doctors today. Aside from getting blood tests and labs done prior to chemo, she was given a recommendation for a port (because of her tiny veins).

port (or portacath) is a small medical appliance that is installed beneath the skin. A catheter connects the port to a vein. Under the skin, the port has a septum through which drugs can be injected and blood samples can be drawn many times, usually with less discomfort for the patient than a more typical “needle stick”.

Although this port will spell a world of convenience for her every chemo and hospitalization, and will eliminate the chance of her veins hardening, it will, after all, entail a surgical procedure to put it in (and another to remove it).  And with the last procedure still fresh on her mind, Ri is inclined to decide against it and to just endure every needle prick (and hope she doesn’t run out of veins).

We hope she will never have to need this port next week or in the next chemo cycles. In the meantime, please help us by answering this poll:



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