The morning started with the MUGA scan at the Pasqua....uneventful test involving two needle pokes and some photos. Then if was off the the General Hospital for the Port-a-cath insertion. That was a little more involved than what I read! Ouch! It hurt and I was absolutely drained after that one! What I learned from that Port-a-Cath is the following: (just in case you know someone who needs to get this done)....
- Ask for Adavan or some other sedative BEFORE the procedure begins; although this procedure is consider "minor" and a local freezing is used, it HURTS! Actually what hurts is the freezing going in - 3 times! So I became pretty tense as the procedure continue. Thank God it was only 20 minutes! Thank Mary that I could remember the "Hail Mary" to get me through it! The pushing and tugging was minor. Tylenol is my friend once again to help with the pain as the freezing came out.
- Sleep/rest after the procedure - that is a must! I still had one more appointment to go to after the General and I slept in the car, the waiting room and doctor's office :) Sleep is good!
- Drinks LOTS of water after - don't count coffee and tea!
- Don't be afraid to take a sleep aid - sleep helps with recovery and, for me, preparation for chemo!
Today is Aly's last final at the university and my first chemo treatment...wish us luck!
Keep praying - we are most fortunate to have such a strong faith circle surrounding us!
Love to all, Shelley
P.S. Some of you were wondering if Bob put his back out due to BEA :).....that would make for a great story but the truth is....He was bending over cleaning Zoe's paws and that is all it took!