We made it through the port placement and the mapping. Had 18 inches of snow at home, so staying near the hospital was perfect.
Hindsight... wish we had the port placed as soon as she was diagnosed. A very kind, but still "jerk face" technician spent over a half hour with the needle IN her arm to try and get an IV in so they could give fluids and sedation for port placement. Since she was gone so long being prepped, we asked to go back. At that time, we and another nurse interceded before he started trying her other arm (even had a vein scanning machine there). She said today she would win any contest for bruising with how her arm is.
Dr. Moeslein came by at almost the same time and said he could give her all needed meds while doing port- no IV needed. Not sure why the tech kept trying and putting her through pain if there were other options. He did mention his pride in a 99% success rate, but I feel he should have saved Mom's arm even if it hurt his stats (I'm probably being so mean since we should have requested a port earlier).
Even though our treatment plan was only for 3 chemo cycles (to begin with), there are still IVs needed for other tests. And, with Mom's history of always having a hard time with veins, I wish her doctor had suggested a port. Most of her apprehension for tests/chemo has been if they will find a vein. It was only during her third cycle that the tech administering the chemo said the first thing he would do if ever diagnosed is get a port- he then explained how much simpler it is- not sure why the option and benefits weren't presented months earlier.
So.. good news is port is in. In 2 weeks we get the SIRT treatment for left lobe. Will have a scan 4 weeks after that to see if we need to treat right as well. I was very happy with Dr. Moeslein. I have seen his name on this board- wonderful manner, clear spoken, and willing to answer all questions. I asked if he would do CK down the road on Mom, but his specialty (besides the SIRT) is nano-knife. While waiting, I started reading up on what he is doing.... if not for Mom, there may be others he could help.
Thanks for being there to support and also giving me a place to vent.
Not a medical Professional- just someone who got caught up in this lousy disease.