Sep 02, 2012 - 1:16 am
Had my mediport inserted on Friday 8/31 and had much more pain than I ever anticipated.
My pain level was a 9 by the time I got home at 10:15 and ended up rotating t#3;s ( 2 tabs), oxycodone ( 1 tab) and naproxen every 60-90 minutes from 10:30- 7:00 PM, with pain rating starting at 9 and gradually going to 3.
Finally realized that a big cause of the pain was how the site was dressed post op.
They had taken a 4x4 and folded in in 4ths, and placed a tegaderm over it. The small dressing, (about a quarter in size) was pressing against the new incision and causing pain. Once I removed the dressing the relief was apparent
I essentially had a day full of pain that could have been avoided if the dressing had been applied differently.
Today, there was some mild discomfort from movement and/ or using it when shopping, but the difference from yesterday to today was night and day.
I ran into 2 old classmates, and broke the news to them. Am not to the point yet where I don't cry when relaying my news.
Am hoping that this will change soon, as I have finally decided that I have to let people know ( not all but those that have been a good part of my life to date).
I have known my diagnosis for over 2 months,but still feeling very awkward, uncomfortable disclosing it to others.
As far as the pain from the procedure, I feel like a baby feeling so much pain, and scared that I will never be able to deal with all the radiation effects.
I am a true basket case and am so scared, I always felt that I was a strong person who could deal with adversity.
Obviously, when reality hits, things change.
Just needing to vent, not sure what people can say that will make me feel better.
I am very thankful for this site however, as I see that I am not alone.