We went to the IMC for Lowell’s first chemo treatment Tuesday. The nurse (Ann) had a hard time finding the dots on Lowell’s power port so she called the senior nurse (Shelley) over to help. Shelley felt the port, then announced that there were no dots, Lowell had been given an old-style port rather than the newer “power port”. What does this mean? It means Lowell won’t be able to have every procedure done through this port – some procedures will now have to be done in his arm too.
Are we a little upset? Yes. But Lowell was gracious with the nurse and said he would be fine with having some things in his arm.
He’s a good man.
For you who are entering into this Cancer Realm, make sure you request a POWER PORT before you go into surgery. Whether the port prescription wasn’t specific enough, the hospital wanted to get rid of the old-style ports, or whatever - we are now stuck with what we have.
Side effects so far:
- Electric charge-type feelings in the end of the fingers (Lowell described it as similar to what happens when you chew tin foil)
- Slight cold sensitivity
Side effects are supposed to get worse AFTER the chemo treatment, so we’ll have to see what happens in the next couple of days.
The Oxaliplatin pump noise was kept at bay (somewhat) during the night by covering the pump with towels. We put the pump in the nightstand drawer on a towel, covered it with two more towels and made sure the line wasn’t kinked. The pump sounds like the airport eta board over in Russia when they would click over in sequence to show the new flight arrival times.
We are grateful Lowell feels as well as he does and hope he won’t have to suffer too much.