Pain in the Port

May 20th, 2011
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Day 2 after port placement

I changed my mind. This port doesn’t feel like a marble under my skin. It feels like I was shot with a gun loaded with bullets about 3/4 inch diameter and it remains lodged under my skin. I have a hematoma about the size of a golf ball. I have been assured it is normal. I wish I would have had this done during my initial mastectomy so I would be hooked up to IV pain meds constant.

I had a friend, Jennifer Gonyea, that went through this whole process about 2.5 years ago and we had dinner a few weeks ago. I now remember her telling me the port placement and presence was worse than anything else she experienced during the whole ordeal of treating her breast cancer. I thought she was probably off her rocker thinking a little nickle sized piece of metal in your arm could be worse than having breasts removed and reconstructed in multiple surgeries. Well, Jen, I now “get it”. You are 100% right – this is the worse part so far. I’ll be immensely grateful if this is actually the worse part.

Luckily I have a fabulous surgeon who has taken a liking to me and got me some better pain medications. I’m now taking two 10mg lortabs every six hours. Works for about two hours, then I just suffer through the other four. But Dr. Cody Gunn is so great to me. He called in the higher dosage lortab stat! I can’t say enough great things about the super surgeon. Dr. Gunn, this blog post is dedicated to you! But really, the nurses in the department where I had this done said I might want to take some Ibuprofen for a few days afterwards. Are they freaking kidding me? Ibuprofen to handle this pain? That’s like trying to clean up the BP oil spill with a measuring cup!

 

  1. alex sams says:

    Lance Armstrong clearly said it’s the port’s and other “little” stuff that is the worst part. With my illness the tape on my hair was the worst part. They put my chest port in while I was so loaded on morphine I have no idea if it hurt. Hang in there. It looks like it really “smarts”.

  2. Terri Davis says:

    Ouch, I hate this for you. How long will you need to have
    it in? Need any cute flouncy tops to cover it up?

  3. Kim Landrum says:

    I know that is some part of your arm but it isn’t even identifiable to me. I’m sorry. I’ll be over in a little while with Chinese Chicken Salad though…shall we sprinkle with additional pain meds? Hang in there, kiddo.