Final Port Update

It works!

My 3rd port is the charm.

Attempt #1 didn’t get very far because a port couldn’t be installed again on my right side. My surgeon tried several times but the needed vein on that side had narrowed too much for a catheter to be inserted.

Attempt #2 was that same day. I was handed over to a different surgeon and went through surgery number 2. A port was successfully installed on the left side. I felt quite energetic after both of these.

However, it didn’t work. Somehow it flipped medially and was facing my sternum. The veins in my arms took a beating for a couple months. It took a long time, too long, to get the next attempt scheduled.

Attempt #3 was successful. A larger port was installed about a month after attempts one and two. It’s staying in its pocket and not going anywhere. I can feel the bumps in my chest used as a guide to center the access needle. It was easy to access and is working as expected. This one is a keeper.

The whole experience reminds me of the movie Groundhog Day. I don’t remember how Bill Murray broke the cycle, but I hope I finally have. In one version my pre-op and post-op rooms were different rooms on the 4th floor of the hospital. This last (and final) time I had a private room with a view of the capitol on the 10th floor. I had the same surgeon for the last two – the same anesthesiologist for all three. Each surgery version seemed slightly different before I dozed off. I got a bit closer to what I needed each time.

This all took about two months. From an emotional level, it was exhausting. Having any surgery would do that, but to keep having the same surgery over and over is annoying. Thank goodness it was minor.

If you missed the port drama and would like to read more, you can do that here.

May my days ahead and yours be easier.

Author: Kristie Konsoer

I've been living well with metastatic breast cancer since 2012. This blog is a place where I can share thoughts and ideas on cancer, how I feel perceptions of cancer must change, and how I am finding a way to live with strength, hope, meaning, resiliency, humor, and hopefully a little wisdom.

8 thoughts on “Final Port Update”

  1. Oh, thank heaven! I’m so relieved. These aren’t rocket science but our bodies are so much more complex than anything that can be created to put into it – we’re delicately balanced machines and miraculously self healing to a degree yet something so rudimentary as a port, when you consider what it really does shouldn’t be so difficult to get right. But they do save us a lot of miserable pokes in the arm. I’m grateful for mine each and every time there’s no one to at a lab able to do a port draw.

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  2. This makes me so happy. We know how much we love our ports. Third times the charm. Now let’s both of us stay out of hospitals for a while! ♥️🙏🏻

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