Hi Ceci, Merci beaucoup to you! I love New Orleans and the people. I am thinking of going to Mardi Gras!
I want to let you know I had the power port placed this past Tuesday. I am allergic to some metals so they had a plastic one in inventory. The doctor asked me what I was allergic to and he said a port made of titanium may cause a reaction. So, please discuss with Allison's doctors if she has allergies to metal. It's been five days since the power port placement and I have a large bruise and swelling. It is the size of a coffee cup plate. It was stitched and glued and the first three days there was a pulling sensation when I moved my upper right body, bent, laid on my right side. But that is getting better. The hospital gave me no other options except the power port. I understand that the port is definitely the way to go to avoid all the probing and picking time after time. I am happy to hear Alison has tolerated the Gem/Cis! I am starting the same chemo treatment on Thursday (if the port heals). A friend of my is a hospice nurse and we are going to visit them tomorrow and she will take a look at it.
You mention that Alison will have the port placed one day before chemo? Truth be told, it's been four days for me and I am so bruised and sore that there is absolutely no way I could accept a needle or anything in that area for chemo. Perhaps the doctor did not do mine correctly? You may want to discuss with Alison's doctor as soon as possible. I am not even sure if my first chemo appointment on Thursday is going to happen.
May I ask you one question: Alison had steroids.Did she have any swelling?
This is a great site! It's so nice to exchange information with people who have knowledge and experience on what we are going through. If you get a change, please let me know about the steroids. Thank you. Patricia from Michigan