Today’s adventure is having the port removed.
Once again it’s not my first rodeo, this is removal #2 so there shouldn’t be any surprises. I arrive at HSC CancerCare and check-in for my 10:45am appointment. After a few minutes I’m called in and it’s shirt off, gown on and up on the table after signing some stuff I really didn’t read. ?
The doctor explains the procedure which is basically, local anaesthetic, cut it out, stitch it up, bandage on and your good to go. It’s a 10 minute process that goes as planned without incident. The anaesthetic is the most interesting part. It’s done quickly but seems long all at the same time. The bulk of it is not too painful but there were a few seconds where it was a little intense. This stuff is always amazing. In about 60 seconds he’s cutting it out and I feel nothing.
Here is what the port looks like. I was shown mine after extraction and it was a little bloodier that this pristine example. For some reason, I didn’t take a photo. The anaesthetic has worn off after a couple of hours and it’s a little sore but nothing serious. In two days I can remove the bandage and see how it looks.
For those following the numbers, things are looking up in this area as well.