For those of you that have had the port put in, did it become less sensitive after a few weeks? A friend had hers put in on the upper left chest area, can't wear the seat belt. I'm a mother hen and worry. So will that tenderness ease up after it's been there awhile?
My sister's pain from the port (upper left chest area) subsided somewhat after several weeks, but never went away. She had to sit and sleep in a certain position to keep it from stabbing her, and like your friend, the seat belt was painful. She covered it in lambswool.
The IP port was put in for her initial chemo which lasted for 6 months. After first recurrence she had another IP port, for three of the five months of chemo. The pain didn't go away until it was removed. She decided that the pain was worth it because IP combined with IV chemo therapy is more effective.
I'm a mother hen too, and felt helpless. She took Percocet at night, but during the day had to endure the pain as the pain killer made her so drowsy.
Her cat loved jumping from a bookcase onto her lap--that was really painful. Her reaction was, "I'll just put up with him because if a cat owns you, .............you live to serve"~lol
I like the lambswool idea. I imagine they sell that type of thing at an auto supply store or maybe the specialty car items at the larger dept. stores. Right now she's got the belt under her arm. She's an adult and I have to trust she's being careful but what about the other folks out there that aren't always as cautious? Whew, let it go. She's a special woman, taught my kids in first grade.
I have grown to love mine. The chemo nurses ask me to show mine to the other patients to let them know how much pain the port spares me. All chemo nurses prefer us to have ports. My baby grand-daughter calls mine my "lil boob". I like that. Marie
I was miserable while the port was being installed but never had any trouble with it afterwords. I am five years out from chemo and my port remains as my good luck piece. I will probably take it with me to my grave. I don't get it flushed as often as I did during chemo but all is well so far !
If I am driving the seat belt reminds me I have a port but I am still able to wear it.
I don'[t have any problems with it at all......so sorry you guys do !
Have a great week-end.
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