Good morning .....
It's a dark day but 44-degrees out at 8am with rain overnight. Gizmo just saw one little dog today. It's looking a lot more like April weather now!
Happy Turtle ...... hope sleep becomes a routine part of your life soon!
Karen ....... no ice storm here - it's actually very much normal type weather for spring here ... hope you get spring soon.
AV ...... when the first port (for dialysis) was put in, I was in a coma - nothing felt! But, when it came out, they just gave me a local shot in the chest - then removed it. It was freakin nasty - because in three months the surrounding skin had attached to the port itself, so it was difficult to remove that port - even with cutting the surrounding skin.
The current port (for chemo infusions) was put in while I was on twilight (a light anesthetic) ... so no problems going in - just a little sore for a day or two. But, since this has been used so much, most of the skin covering the port is hard and lumpy now ... been told that's scare tissue, but it's not really painful!
I have to say the blood draws are very quick with a port - and there's no small vein to close up while the blood draw is being made. For chemo infusions, I guess it's highly preferred for the chemo IV to go into a major vein - so the port is very typical for that use.
Are you still awake?
Nurse Lisa ...... I'm with you too - don't like the traditional IV. But I have several minor outpatient surgeries a year, and they have to put in an IV in the traditional place - left hand for me because the veins are better than the right hand. When someone knows how to do it, it's not so bad. When someone doesn't ... yuk!!! And it can be painful!
And for some reason, they can't use the port for a traditional IV!
Hope everyone has a good day .... hey, it's Friday!
Rob & Gizmo