Every month I have to have my port flushed. For those who don’t know what a port is, it is a disc implanted under your skin and used by medical staff during treatment so the patient is not poked to run an IV each time. Simple terms. Want technical term? Google it.
Anyhoo, like I said, on a monthly basis now that my treatments are complete, I must have my port flushed. According to my oncologist, this device will not be removed for a year from my last treatment. When this happens, there may be a party. Stay tuned.
I must add, all the medical staff I have come in contact with this last year have been amazing, understanding, patient, kind…. So my feelings on this subject are not due to them. I have been very fortunate and cannot thank my entire team enough for the care I have received.
Since the infusion center of the Regional Cancer Center has been relocated to UPMC Hamot and St. Vincent, this is where we as patients have to go now to have this 30 second procedure done. For me, it isn’t an inconvenience. We are very lucky we don’t have to travel distances for our treatment. It is more a mental issue. Again, I can’t stress enough that the medical staff is awesome.
It’s not you, it’s me.
You see, when I went for my treatments at the RCC, I felt I was being treated for my illness/disease. At check in, I showed my cards and that was that. Now, going into a hospital setting to have these procedures done, I am sick. I have a disease, I am sick, and I have to go to the hospital for treatment. At check in, I show my cards and I have a hospital band placed on my wrist. A hospital band. Not sure if it is something you can understand or relate to unless you’ve been through something like this. But this has been weighing on me since these treatment procedures were moved from the RCC. Luckily I had finished my chemo therapy before the closing of the infusion center.
I just wonder how many other cancer patients feel this way? I find it hard to believe that it’s just me.