Today was the day! Brett is having surgery to get a mediport (or "power port" put into his chest.
For those fortunate enough to NOT know what this is (or may know - but not really know what's involved), this is like a little "bladder" made of metal and plastic that is put into the veins in the neck/chest so the IV chemotherapy drugs - and drawing blood - can be done without sticking him in the arms all the time.
They make a tiny incision in his neck (jugular vein) and bigger one in his chest to feed in the wires/leads, and place the unit. It also gives them medicine a bigger vein to enter - which is much easier on the body. The tiny veins in the arms can only handle so much pressure and such. The needles still go through his skin - but then right into the port underneath. One lead goes through his jugular and one into his the vein leading to his heart (or something like that... I hope the nurses that read this realize I am going from memory and don't always know what I'm talking about, but I'm close!)
|Brett got the silver one. Lower profile and some cool features for getting scans/contrast dye, I guess? I was hoping the for the purple one (of course), which is funny because nobody sees it. haha.|
|"Really? Another picture?"|
|Rockin' the Gown!|
|Playing Dead. Nice one, Brett... Sheesh! haha|
|Heading back to get the procedure. Peace out!|
I wonder if he was already bald if they would make
him wear the head thing? hmm..
Chemo #3 is Wednesday to give this whole thing a test-drive!