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Port-A-Cath Time!

Posted Feb 03 2009 1:22am

How's that for a photo???

It was a cell phone photo taken by one the gals prepping memoments before I was put under to have thethe Port-A-Cathinstalled .

So yeah, I had the Port-A-Cath installed yesterday afternoon. The surgeon told me I would not remember the process because they give me drugs that have an amnesia effect. And then he began to explain what the surgery would entail and what my experience would be. Well, that kind of threw me. If I'm not going to remember it, then why are you telling me? Then it dawned on me that I wouldn't forget the experience until after it happened and therefore it's best to know what to expect as it's happening. That conversation kind of looped my brain around itself - at least for a second or two!

Between the surgeon and his staff, I must have asked them at least 25 times to tell me I was not going to remember anything. All I kept thinking is this man is about to cut holes in me. And I have never had any kind of surgery before, so it was some what of a big deal to me, even if it was a simple out-patient process.

Following the procedure, the nurse asked if I was taking anything for pain, since she expected I may need something once all the surgery drugs wear off. I told her I was taking morphine to which she replied, "Okay. I was thinking something along the lines of Tylenol. I'm sure you'll be just fine." We both laughed. And the morphine definitely helped.

It wasn't until late in the evening that I really started to feel some pain. I took my scheduled dose of pain meds and quickly fell asleep. First thing this morning, the pain wasn't too bad and now it seems to be less and less painful as the morning progresses.
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