Happy Cancer Girl

A Happy Girls Journey with Cancer

Chemo #3 and #4 and Chest Port Surgery

on May 6, 2013

I know I am far behind on blog posts! I have so many things I want to blog about but when I’m feeling good and the weather is nice I want to be outside enjoying normal people things. When I’m not feeling well, I’m in bed wishing for the day to hurry up and pass, or I’m sleeping.

Chemo #3 was rather uneventful. My mom had to go home for her own appointment so my neighbour drove me to the hospital (thanks Chris) and I got a drive home from his wife (thanks Elaine).

At the end of the week I had my chest port inserted, it was a pretty neat surgery. (Note: If you are squeamish you might want to skip the rest of this paragraph). Ok for those of you who are still with me I am going to explain the surgery. I was in a surgical x-ray room that had an ultrasound and a big x-ray machine above me. The nurses put in an IV and gave me some happy drugs to make me calm. They washed my chest with some pink sterilizing solution and put on some heart monitors. They also put sterile green surgical rages around part of my chest and almost all of my face. At this point the doctor came in and used the ultrasound to look at the bottom of my neck/top of my chest. They also moved the x-ray machine over the upper part of my body. Once the doctor had a look look at my jugular vein he put a bunch of local anesthesia in my chest. He then made a small incision at the top of my chest and a larger incision down a little lower. He inserted a catheter into the small hole and threaded it down to the larger hole. This didn’t hurt at all, but it was a very odd sensation. The port was then put into the bigger incision and was connected to the catheter. Then the doctor stitched me up. I think it took him all of 20 minutes. The nurses cleaned me up and sent me off to recovery. This was the fastest and easiest surgery I have ever had. It was great being awake and listening to the doctor and the nurses interacting. They asked me often how I was feeling. The doctor told me I should feel like I drank a few beer!

(Note: For those who didn’t read the last paragraph welcome back, I’m done talking about the surgery). I was able to enjoy the weekend after my surgery and to top it all of the weather was beautiful.

Chemo #4 was my double chemo, so it wasn’t my best week. Monday (chemo day) wasn’t bad at all, Tuesday was pretty good also, but once Wednesday came the nausea came with it. I spent lots of time sleeping Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Friday I was feeling a bit better but I wasn’t feeling well enough to leave the house. Saturday and Sunday were much better days and the weather was fantastic to top it all off!

I hope you are all having a good day. I told Owen yesterday that I don’t have to grow up anymore and that I will always be 32, he agrees with me! So for my song/video today I’m giving you Here’s To Never Growing Up by Avril Lavigne!

10 responses to “Chemo #3 and #4 and Chest Port Surgery

  1. Sherry says:

    It’s so nice to hear from you again, sounds like when you get better you should consider Nursing as I think you would be a great one maybe even a nursing instructor your so good explaning in great detail that even I get it on the first read.
    The weather has been soooo great you need to enjoy every minute of it the on a rainy day that would be a good time to fill us in.
    OX Auntie Sherry

  2. Aunt Mimi says:

    I love the music…and it is still playing b/c it didnt just deliver Never Growing Up, it has at least 3 more songs from the album.
    Love your fantasy and hope you can maintain it thru your journey ’cause you already had to grow up in a very different way them most.
    Love and Huggs,

  3. Hi Renee, that was a beautiful song,so ur getting done ur treatments quit fast but probally not fast enough for you,But we have had some nice warm weather these past few days and its suppose to be warm and sunny until thursday we might have a chance for a little rain,but not for sure,so we are still praying for you girl and we will until you get better,and wish you all nothing but the best of luck,But do remember you have a wonderful hubby and a great family who loves you with all their hearts,and a pile of friends out here,so keep up your blogs and that way we all know how you are doin,well got to run will ttul, hugs coming your way, keep your chin up girl and you r a fighter,and a very strong young lady,so ttul AFA Lee Ann,

    • Thanks Lee Ann. The weather has been great, we are going to get some rain this week also but we do need it. I have 5 treatments down and 13 more treatments to go! I am getting through them thank goodness! Thanks for all of the prays and thoughts they are greatly appreciated!

  4. Amanda says:

    I just found your blog (not even sure how :), and I am SO glad I did. My mom was just diagnosed with breast cancer in February and she had her first chemo treatment on Thursday. I know that the two of you have different types of cancer, but as I was reading through all of your blog posts (yup, I read them all!), I was struck with a lot of similarities with things you have expressed regarding treatment, surgeries, chemo, feelings, etc.

    My mom has also been really positive throughout her experience so far! And another cool thing is that we’re also from Canada! New Brunswick! I’m living in Beijing right now (just moved here in August), but she’s still in NB.

    Anyway, thank you for sharing your journey with us!

    • Hi Amanda, I’m glad you found my blog and that you enjoyed reading what I have posted so far. I took a look at your blog and see that you are from Woodstock, I grew up in Centreville! It’s such a small world! Does your mom go to Saint John for her treatments? I hope that she is doing well and the chemo isn’t too hard on her.

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