Saturday, July 21, 2012

Hospital stay - Saturday 7/21

Well today has been a pretty quiet day compared to the last few days. It was originally thought that I could be heading home today with IV meds but that has been cancelled. Lookin like I won't be heading home until atleast Monday.

For those who may not know this, I have what's considered a "permanent IV" or better known as a Port. Right below my skin is a circular disk with a membrane that is connected into a vein. After years of IVs my veins are shot. This way they can access me for IV meds and can also take blood draws without making multiple sticks in my arms. The port I have is just a regular port, good only for IV meds and blood draws. However there is a different port called a Power Port that allows me to have IV contrast pushed through it when contrast is needed for CT scans and other procedures.

Recently I have been havin some difficulty accessing my port. Flushing is usually no problem, but they haven't been able to get a good blood return. I went for an angiogram yesterday and they determined that there is a blockage at the end of the catherter making it difficult to use the port. Quite a large one actually so the Drs determined I need to get a new port. So thats gonna be happening Monday morning.

Normally I'd be bummed and frustrated that I hafta undergo yet ANOTHER procedure, but I am actually very happy about this one. The placement of my current port has always bothered me, and the fact that I have a port, (which in normal cases makes gettin stuck all the time for IVs and stuff so much easier) but that if I need contrast I still hafta get stuck was really startin to irk my taters. So im actaully very happy that come Monday, Ill have a new power port that can save me a LOT of sticks which I know will be inevitable with the transplant officially a possibility.

So if you would, send up a quick prayer for me on Monday that everything goes well and its a very easy procedure. Wow...I can't believe how great I feel even with this coming up. The news I've received the last few days has done so much to elevate my mood (well that and a healthy dose of Xanax and Zoloft - LOL). And as always, thanks so much for all the love and support. Its truly carrying Chris, my family, and myself through this. We are so lucky to have such incredible people in our lives!

Much love...E

1 comment:

  1. Your strength is amazing, darling. Will be praying for you.