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antibiotic treatment complete for port-a-cath infection

Posted Oct 24 2012 8:18pm

Now that the infection in my port is gone, I will try to regain some endurance with some physical therapy that I need to do. All of the hospitalization has left me weaker again after having gained back a little of my strength while in rehab. The infection robbed a lot of that.

My niece left today to return home to Michigan, and I reluctantly said goodbye. I know she must be looking forward to being in her own home again with her hubby and daughter. She sure brought me a lot of joy and comfort during this rough period.

Coincidentally, my home care nurse came for her last visit today, also. She changed the needle on my port from the one with black wings to one with yellow wings , which is what they usually use at the infusion center unless I need a different needle for a scan. I can’t remember what color that one is. Anyway, as soon as she put that needle in and tested flushing it, it worked as smooth as always. So, the problem with the flow was not a blocked port but the needle itself. We completed the last infusion of the Vancomycin® with  no trouble at all. After she finished, she removed the needle, leaving me needle free from my port for the first time in ages. With my sensitivity to the adhesive that is used in the patch cover they place over the needle, it feels great to be free of that.

I was so tired today I just took it easy and watched some television in between napping. After a couple of poor nights of sleep I think I still need to catch up a bit over the next couple of days. I wonder whether the fever adds to the fatigue and overall weakness. I’m still trying to drink lots of water, which I am better at when I have some pressure from the peanut gallery. I guess I will need to do it on my own as I don’t want to get dehydrated again and have problems with my port when I go for chemo this Friday.

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