In my wallet, I carry a card that reads ‘PowerPort’. My PowerPort card also includes my name, my oncologist name, a date and where this PowerPort is located.
My PowerPort Patient Guide has the following –
Your Band PowerPort Implantable Port
Your Band PowerPort device is a small device (about the size of a quarter) used to carry medicine into the bloodstream. It has one or two small basins that are sealed with a soft silicone top, called a septum. The port is placed under the skin on your chest or arm. The port connects to a small, soft tube called a catheter. The catheter is placed inside one of the large central veins that take blood to your heart. When a special needle is put into the septum, it creates “access” to your bloodstream. Medicine and fluids can be given through the needle and blood samples can be withdrawn.
Your port has three bumps on top of each septum. The port with one septum is also shaped like a triangle. These features help the nurse know that your port can receive power injections.
My PowerPort is under my skin on my right side chest and was used for my chemotherapy treatment. At my last visit with my Oncologist Dr. D., I asked her how long I would keep the PowerPort. She responded I would keep it for at least a year.
My PowerPort is not just used for chemotherapy, it can also be used for IVs. I expect my PowerPort will be used at some point during my recovery period after surgery. Once the biopsy takes place of the organs that are removed, the possibility of chemotherapy treatment may be needed and once again my PowerPort will be used.
And if I do not immediately have need for my PowerPort, I will have it for at least the next year, just in case. Every 3 months, my PowerPort requires flushing; I will make a trip to the hospital and a quick and painless flush of the PowerPort and catheter will take place.
Back in September in my post ‘The lab experiment‘, I wrote the following –
As indicated in my post ‘Drain‘, I have a tube inserted in my back directly into my right kidney to help relieve the pain I have experience for quite some time now. Originally it was thought this tube would be inserted for the full 12 weeks of chemotherapy, but because there was also a stent placed in my ureter, the tube may be removed in a couple of weeks. The stent would remain in place until after chemotherapy is completed.
I feel like a lab experiment with the medical port inserted into my chest and a tube protruding from my back
In today’s post, I conclude with the following –
The tube in my back was removed several months ago, and the ureteral stent was removed last week. The PowerPort will remain for future needs and serve as a daily reminder of all that took place before today.