Feb 02, 2010 - 6:05 am
As mentioned, I was recently diagnosed with SCLC. I did first chemo yesterday. I was told I should have a port installed due to condition of my veins.
They had to try it 3 times yesterday to get treatment started. I'm terrified of having a port. I don't know why; think it's the idea of having it surgically implanted and that tube thing going into my heart. I'm very squeamish at any kind of surgery.
I know the port would make it tons easier on me and the nurses, but I actually get freaked out at the thought of it, to the point I started hyperventialating and crying just discussing it, when looking at the sample.
Today is 2nd chemo and they left the IV thing in my arm yesterday to helpfully help access today.
I did chemo in 92 and didn't have a lot of vein trouble until the end when my veins started collapsing.
Can I ask what's everyone's take on the port?