Today I have to connect a port back in my body but this time, I will live with this port indefinitely.
A port is like an artificial vein and is connected to a large vein near your heart. It saves your veins which mine are pretty much dried up from being poked so much the past couple of months. Plus because of my risk for lymphedema we can only use the veins in my left arm. A port is used for:
- Give you intravenous (IV) medication.
- Give you IV fluids.
- Draw blood for tests.
- Give you chemotherapy continuously for several days. Sometimes, chemotherapy must be given in a vein larger than the ones in your arms. The port allows the medication to be delivered into your bloodstream through a large vein near your heart.
Headed in for surgery. Here's to my last morning without a port!