Absolutely, and I believe they stick a needle in the port during surgery to check it. Tell them to leave it in so your RN onc won't have to stick you again. Good Luck with this. Remember first that it is a surgery and you will react accordingly, second, remember to be proactive about your nausea medicine. Ask them when you can first take it and follow its directions for at least the first 3 days. Also remember that the steriods will keep you awake the first night, so be sure to take your sleeping pill.
Good Luck and let us hear from you.
Bern, steroids are given by many oncs as a pre-med and for the first couple days after chemo. I think it helps with nausea but I am not sure exactly of what it does to help. I took it for about 3 days, decadron. I actually slept great the first couple nights, even when I was on chemo. It was the in between weeks that gave me a hard time when I learned about ambien.
As for weight, I lost about 10# or so before chemo. I think it was from stress and going off the Pill. My weight stayed exactly the same during chemo. Some people gain weight from metabolic changes, others just eat junk because they may not have a taste for healthy foods....just be cautious and remain smart about what you eat. I did gain weight slowly, from Tamoxifen...now recently finished I am trying to drop the weight (but not doing well with dietary changes).
My advice is to eat what you need to in order to be comfortable during chemo..don't go hog wild but don't worry about your weight, just worry about feeling good and staying healthy.
I did not get a sinus infection from the port surgery. I have bad allergies, it was February, it was cold, and it just coincidentally happened. The sinus infection just extended how long I felt bad after the port surgery. Sinus infections always make me very sick.
I have not worked during this. I am in sales and I travel 3 states. I did not want to be on the road sick. As it worked out, I was not very sick. Why don't you try working to see how you feel, and work accordingly. Again, your chemo is different from mine.
I, too, am a control freak. I just had to "get over it."
Post Edited (JUJU8872) : 8/9/2005 10:13:48 AM (GMT-6)
So glad you are getting a port..I love mine ! Makes getting chemo so much easier, especially if you have bad veins.
My 1st round of chemo 5 yrs ago I worked almost full time, and the same my 2nd round which was this spring. I did avoid malls and places with big crowds and I tried and stay away from the gtandkids on days when I knew my counts would be low.
Hope all goes well,
Post Edited (Cathi) : 8/9/2005 11:24:28 AM (GMT-6)
Hi Bernadette, good luck with your chemo, I started all my treatments and on same schedule as JuJu so I know how hard this is for you and how many questions you have. It looks like the girls have been great with you and giving you good answers. I too am a control freak lol... no really the unknown is the worst for me. I only have 6 more radiation tx left and will be done... my biggest concern now is going back to work. I have been on light duty at a desk since I was diagnosed and work about 20 hours a week but in Oct I will have to jump into 12 hours shifts with day night rotations.. and worried to death about if I can handle it..see I will not be able to adjust slowly they say I need to be able to jump in like before and do the job right away. I will be on my feet the whole 12hrs...yikes.... I like you love my job and the people I work with are great its just my management I have problems with....uuummm ... right now you need to concentrate on getting through your treatments and getting rid of the cancer.... work if you can... but don't over do it k... does your job had short term or long term disability??? that will help money wise??? do what you can when you feel like you can and don't feel bad if you can't do things like you did before treatment!! I think during my chemo and surgery that thought really bugged me that I wasn't able to do things like before and it seemed like it would never come back but now that I am in rad tx and almost done I realize that I am starting to feel more like my self and that there is an end to this long tunnel I entered in the beginning....
everyone handles this adventure we are on differently... but we all seem to have the same concerns so hang in there k .... it will get better... skeeter1
Sorry if this isnt the right thread to post this, but what i am really having difficulty with, is that right now, I feel fine!Last year at this time I was jogging three times a week, and very active. When I got pregnant in sept. i continued joging into Nov. and after that walked almost every day up until the birth. Now, at two and a half months later, I was just getting back into jogging, and (trying) to get my body back. Now i am recovering (again) from surgery. Once i am recovered from the surgery, i hit chemo... I realize that its necessary, but if I feel healthy now, why put myself through such a physically taxing procedure?? (I know i need to, i'm just venting)
I am so happy you are doing well! Yes, I did have the glue and it does come off. It may drive you crazy in a few days, but it will not scar.
Bernadette, I think we are alot alike too.. I worry about little things too instead of the big stuff like Ca. I think by doing that I don't have to think about the future and if it will come back. I have done this all the way through. lol. I had super glue too as I call it. They used it for my port and for my surgery too, so when I came home I never had a dressing on. That was cool. I never worried about when it will come off, but it does on its own. Yes I looked very bruised after port. I actually had my port put in at the beginning of my chemo treatment before surgery. When I had surgery they took out my port too. I really bruised when they removed it but it didn't hurt. The docs had big debate at surgery time, about, if to remove my port or not, but I was so sure everything would go well that I pushed for them to remove it...and lol I was right!!!
You will do fine with chemo.. at the time of chemo I worried alot.. had tons of questions. I read alot of articles on what to eat and drink, and the girls here gave great advice. I hated the taste in my mouth, metallic) I drink alot of ginger ale, sonic has a limeade drink that has strawberrys in it and that was great too I got the recipe for it. I loved to drink that.. I also drink favored bottle water, can't remember brand but look for the kind that doesn't have carbon in it. I couldn't handle the carbon, there are several brands out there, if it says sparkling it has carbon in it!! My brother told me to make my own gateraide, can't remember exact recipe but you take water add 1/3 to 1/4 cup jucie (whatever you like) and put pinch of salt in it. I drank that too. They said to eat certain things but I never really did, ate what I wanted. The first few treatments I ate alot of chicken strips, or grilled chicken and mashed potatos, then moved on to grilled hamburgers or steak and potatos cooked anyway I liked. So eat what you want or think you can handle k. I always rebounded on my labs the week after my treatments I got treatments every two weeks. They gave me neulasta shots at end of each treatment. So these are some ideas sure you will figure out what works for you.
My biggest worry now is going back to work... seems like always something to worry about huh! I am like you without my short term and now long term disability I wouldn't have gone broke, mine was 70% and now 60% of normal monthly income. My insurance has been great too!! Once I do get back to work I won't have a huge medical bill to pay off just a do able bill that a big relief too...
life is still great for us..... and sometimes.... we need to stop and smell the roses.... skeeter1
Limeade Recipe: 12 oz sprite, 3 lime wedges (1/8 each) and I used 1/4 cup cherry juice (libby's) fill 16 oz cup with ice and mix ingred.