Feb 10, 2011 - 7:09 pm
Hey all, sorry about my terrible tendency to not make regular updates. I finally got my final chemo and basically by the time it rolled around I was pretty much too tired to do much of anything. That was 2 weeks ago, though and I'm finally starting to feel a bit better. Maybe just knowing the chemo is over helps with that a bit. I'm still doing herceptin every week and will be starting rads in a couple more weeks.
I'm having a little issue with my port that I was hoping some of you could advise me about. I got my herceptin yesterday and when I went to take the dressing off after leaving I noticed that I'd bled through the wad of gauze. I NEVER bleed after treatment, or any other injection for that matter. If there's anything at all on the bandaid or gauze square, it's never more than a tiny dot of blood. Anyway, I wasn't bleeding at the time that I took the bandage off, so I didn't worry about it. Then I got up today and there was a bruise right above the port, and the area around it was swollen enough that you could flat out see it without even having to touch it. I called the Dr. and they told me to come down so he could look at it. By the time I got there and he came in to look at it, some of the swelling had gone down. He decided that since it seemed to be improving, he'd just send me home and see what happened.
A little while later, I noticed that I now seem to have a new bruise forming below the port area. I took a pen and marked the lower edge of the new bruise. (I'm guessing that I had blood that settled around the port area, and now that I'm up and moving around, it's sinking lower beneath my skin.) I really don't know how or why my port would have blood around it at all. My nurse did tell me that they seem to have more issues with the power ports than whatever kind of port they used before. So I'm wondering why if anyone else has had any port issues or heard of any bleeding around the port site.
Thanks in advance for any help!