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wolfen
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To quote one of my favorite singers.

New port surgery went well. Just one glitch and it's not a new one. It appears that some nursing staff are not familiar with the particular heart device my hubby has. It is a "hybrid" unit which only fires on the top half. The bottom half only fires if he goes into V-fib, to restart the heart. Therefore his EKG's look different. DESPITE POINTING THIS OUT TO THEM BEFORE SURGERY, they still called the mfg. rep. to come check the device after surgery. This also happened last year at a different hospital.

You all know how much I enjoy repeating myself to medical staff.  NOT!    I GIVE UP!!!

The surgeon said this is the third one of these ports he's had to replace for being defective. He changed brands or something. Too bad, he didn't stop at one.

Chemo is on the menu for Monday.

Luv,

Wolfen 

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barbebarb
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Joined: Oct 2011

Wolfen : My experience with port is each hospital seems to like what they choose. I had my port at the local hospital I work at but was treated at N. Western in Chicago...the even get fussy which floor sets the needle for injection for cat scan. They sounded very thourough...that's. good. After my first lung surgery the nurses didn't know I had a port until the oncologist came in and questioned them. That was after they had been sticking me all day and I said no more today!!! Ugh... Getting chemo now locally, less stressful and staff is nurturing. Sure you are relieved to be heading home. Its so unfair what we all have to endure to keep moving forward. Hope your husband is comfortable and you can relax and enjoy the Easter holiday. Regards to Johnny Begood, too....

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Maxiecat
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Joined: Jul 2012

I will be thinking of you guys on Monday...I hope the chemo goes well for him.  What is he going to be on?

 

alex

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wolfen
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Joined: Apr 2009

As far as I know, he'll be on Erbitux, Taxol, and Carboplatin. These seem to be pretty standard for H&N cancer and I believe will work for the lung cancer. Radiation for H&N will be added as his condition permits. Of course, nothing is written in stone, as you know, with this disease. Thanks for asking.

Luv,

Wolfen

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annalexandria
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Joined: Oct 2011

compared to everything else you guys have had to go through lately!  Keep us posted on how Monday goes.  Am hoping that y'all are on a roll.  Hugs~AA

PS  Is the surgeon the one who chooses the brand?  If he is, seems like switching brands sooner might have made sense.  I never even knew there was a choice...I mean, can you shop for those things online?  Get a better deal if you buy 'em from Ebay?

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