hi tyler. I'm a 14 F with cf nd i have a port. ive had mine for about 5 years now, and i'm really happy with it, although i c where ur coming from. I would go to school in a blouse that just barely went under my collar bone and people would point and whisper and ak me what it was and why i had to have it and what cf was, all that junk. After about a year, most of the people in my school had asked me what it was and knew. as for the visibility, u can only see it when i wear a swimsuit or collar-bone length shirt. My scar is about 1.5" long, now a pale pink. the frst 3 or so years it was red and very noticeable, but i put that maderma or neosporin scar strips on it and it got lighter, so now it not as noticeable.
As for the flushing, thats not such a pain for me. My mother is a RN (reg'd nurse) and so we order my flush supplies (sharps box, huber needle, etc. ) our insurance pays for that too. I would do my own flushes, except i cant see to stick myself. i use a 3/4" needle, and i think its like a 20 gauge. I do not use emla cream, as i think its just a pain in the butt, when the initial stick is so quick and not even painful anymore, its just not worth uing emla.
I had to get a port because I cant have picc s ne more. my veins roll and then when they do stick the vein, they cant feed the catheter! and besides that, its so painful! I also have a bad habit of getting flabitis in my arm where it gets so sore, and the vein basically gets burnt out, o i couldnt have a picc for more than 3 weeks.
Overall, I have had a great experience with my port. If you would like to talk, I have posted my IM addresses and my email. just have a relative subject in the subj line so i dont post it as spam.
Lauren Michelle Kelly
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