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phrannie51
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next Monday.....yup, after a year and 3 months, all the mechanical parts of treatment will be gone in less than a week.

So....my big question..........does it hurt?  I'm nervous, and I have no clue if this is going to be like getting my PEG removed, or if it's numb and there is nothing to feel.  Once this thing is gone, my Oncologist visits will be down to every 3 months, instead of every month....whoo hoo!! Laughing 

p

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longtermsurvivor
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The area was kinda sore for awhile afterwards, but it is nothing.  You've done way more than this, and its a cause for celebration!  The removal of my port was without a doubt the most significant day of my entire treatment...

 

Pat

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jcortney
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I was really suprised that it was so.... well nothing.  One minute it was in, the next gone.  No pain at all.

You got this covered, no sweat.

Congrats.

Joe

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CivilMatt
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P,

The last vestiges of treatments, goodbye!

Pain free, Port free, Phrannie free.

Matt

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Skiffin16
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Don't Google It.... LOL, don't do what I did and Google it, they have some YouTube videos... It looked much worse than it was, LOL.

Like mentioned, it's not bad, 10 - 15 minutes in the office for me.

Numbed it with a few stick of the novacaine needle (worse part of it), then let it numb up. Then a small incision, a few tugs and it was out. Then atually a few dissolving sutures, and a little super glue... Easy Peasy...

Here is what it looks like and the size of it is about the size of a quarter...

port

Like you, my MD likes to leave it in for awhile... It was nearly 2 1/2 years post Tx before I became De-Ported...

John

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hwt
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You're finally getting your body back! That's how I felt when the last foreign object was removed. I had a Hohne cathether instead of a port so I can't relate to the removal but I know you can do it with ease. Happy for you!

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TracyLynn72
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I am so happy for you!  I know you remember how much more normal you felt after getting the PEG out....you'll be feeling great once you get de-ported!  I am so excited for you!!

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debbiejeanne
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wow P, that's great!!  you will really think you're normal now....lol.  congrats.  i don't know if it hurts b/c i never had a port.  i pray its a breeze and NO pain at all.

God bless you,

dj

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j4mie
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Obviously I have no experience with this, BUT, wanted to let you know that I think that you are an incredibly strong person. If you don't get through this just fine...I'll eat my shoe, and as a fellow horse friend, you know, my shoes are pretty gross! Go get 'em!

Jamie

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I was never ported but after all you have been through with treatment, things should be AOK!  By the end of treatment I hardly had a vein left to use in either arm or hand.

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phrannie51
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who needs taste buds, huh? Smile  I've been chuckling all afternoon about being "deported".... can hardly wait to tell my fiends here that I'm being deported on Monday....LOL.  I would have walked on fire to get my PEG out, I just hated that thing.....but this well-used little piece of equipment hasn't caused me any consternation....I don't have to find a home for it every day getting dressed, I don't roll over on it at night, and the dog doesn't want to play with it (remember Lola thought her mom had a built in toy) ha!. 

There's no way they can puncture a lung taking it out, is there (like they did when they put it in)???.....

p

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donfoo
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All you need is a chain and you got a nice heart necklace. I think I'll make mine into a key chain. Happy for you P! 

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debbiejeanne
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P, must b a week for deporting!  right after reading your post and feeling so happy for you, my sil called to tell me she's get'n her port out Friday.  like you, she is extremely happy and i am for her as well.  so, happy deporting to both of you!!

God bless you,

dj

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luv4lacrosse
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Phrannie, that is great news. What a way to say good bye and F U to the beast. Not to mention that if you travel allot, you will no longer have to explain to the TSA peeps that " it's a med port, not a detonator."

DO NOT actually say that to the TSA as they did not think too much of my sick sense of humor.

Best

Mike

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Grandmax4
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aha, Phrannie's serving some wine~~but,yea,you know

Anyhoo, congratulations...

 

yensid683
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One more milepost on the road to 'abi-normal'

I had mine removed on an emergency basis, it caused a clot in my right jugular vein.

It was pretty easy, change into a gown, prep the area, couple of shots of novacaine and out it came.  No stitches either, just the crazy glue.  Some soreness afterward, but no real problem.

Hope your deportation hearing goes well, watch out for immigration.

Peter

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phrannie51
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got up early so I would take a shower and get the dogs walked early.....I ran out the door at 10:00 to warm my car up, and as I walked in the door, hubby says..."might as well turn your car off, your Dr.'s office just called and said the surgeon won't be in today".  All dressed up (all revved up, actually) and no place to go.  They rescheduled for Dec. 3rd at 9:30.  Frown 

p

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debbiejeanne
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damn!

dj

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TracyLynn72
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I'm so sorry!!!!!  

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CivilMatt
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P,

I know a guy who removes PORTS, just say the word and I will hook you up.  His name is John.

Looking forward to Tuesday, December 3rd at 9:30am (Montana time).

Matt

KTeacher
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Sorry for the delay.  I forgot to ask, are you from Canada or Mexico?

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phrannie51
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well, they called back around 2:00 and said I go go in tomorrow at noon.....good thing I'm retired, and can handle all these time and date changes.....so...tomorrow at noon it will be!!

p

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debbiejeanne
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P, that's better!  I've very happy for you.  I'm gonna do the happy dance b/c that makes me very happy.

God bless you,

dj

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Ingrid K
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good they called you in for tomorrow.....it would have been a long time to wait.

so by this time tomorrow you will be "deported" as John says.

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j4mie
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Haven't had a lick of time to check in today, but had you in my thoughts all day long! Happy they're getting you in tomorrow...that would have been a long time To wait for deportation. Good thing you've got John and Matt keeping everyone moving for you ;)

jamie

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Skiffin16
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Matt & myself had to put a call in to your MD...

We told them that you needed to get out of the country ASAP..., a quick deport was in order....

 

Other wise, we "Know A Guy", and we'd have to call in a favor...

John

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phrannie51
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Finally....a deportation date in stone....so yes, by this time tomorrow night, I'll be deported.....bout damn time!

p

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phrannie51
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and all is well Laughing.  Didn't hurt at all, and it's just a teensy bit sore tonight.....p has no more mechanical devices left in her.....Oh, and I'm not writing this from Canada......however, if they'd deported me to Mexico, I'd have gladly gone.....nice and warm down there.

p

boardwalkgirl
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So glad you are port free! It is such a freeing experience! Have a wonderful holiday!

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TracyLynn72
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I just saw this!  I'm glad they moved the appt up for you and I'm so glad it's out!  Enjoy Thanksgiving with no devices! :)

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donfoo
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Glad to hear.  Nothing left to hold you back.  You'll be bull riding by Christmas. 

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CivilMatt
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P,

How did they do it?  Did you ride up on your horse, tie a rope around it and give a yank?  The old Montana PORT yank.

Matt

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phrannie51
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it's sore enough tonight that I cringed at the thought of an old fashioned Montana Port Pull.....LOL.....but what a picture that conjurs up in my head.

p

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Ruben and Jude
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Congratulations on your recent 'deportation'.  Smile

Enjoy your freedom. 

Ruben and Jude

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