Sunday, September 09, 2012

UPDATE: Second blip...


My sister's new port is infected. Looks much like
the first one - bright red area about 8" diameter, 
skin is hot to the touch, several hard lumps can be felt
in the red area. The incision is scabbed even though 
this port was put in on August 1.
I had her call the oncologist yesterday.
The doctor on call ordered a Rx for antibiotics.
I'm going to make her call again tomorrow when
the office opens, just to make sure that her doctor
gets the info.
The first port was just above her elbow. This one is
just under her armpit, so it rubs against her body.
Plus, this one isn't as deep (bulges under the skin) and
makes it even easier to get irritated from rubbing.
I think the second crew that put in this port were careless idiots.

Her next chemo treatment is scheduled for Tuesday.

UPDATE: Her oncologist saw her Monday. Very concerned
about this second infection. She ordered the port to be removed
immediately. Her chemo, on Tuesday and from now on, will be
done via regular IV. After this treatment, she has to go back to
the lab so they can remove the drainage tube from the port area.
(That's a serious amount of infection/pus built up in just a couple days.)
Wednesday she'll get her regular Neulasta shot... after every
treatment to help keep her blood count good. And then she has a
consultation scheduled with a radiologist the same day. Radiation
happens after the surgery which happens when they decide 
chemo has shrunk the tumor masses as much as it can.
Don't know yet when she'll consult with the surgeon. 
There's going to be a massive amount of tissue removed, 
requiring skin grafts after.
Today was a long day. Tomorrow will be even longer.


the walking man said...

It seems that there really is a reason why the call it a medical practice.

J Cosmo Newbery said...

Dammit, indeed.

I don't pray but I think warm thoughts from afar.

Freddie said...

Still praying.

Anonymous said...

Continuing to remember your sister and you in my prayers.


Jean said...

Thank you, sweet people.

Doom said...

She is very lucky to have you. You have the time and can help her stay on top of things. It is so very difficult when you are sick and alone. Falling through the cracks even looks better than jumping through all the hoops sometimes, if the truth is merely that getting through the hoops alone just isn't doable.

Keep up the good work. One thing, day, at a time, and all that. Prayers are ongoing.

boneman said...

so, if you get a chance, ask about what foods she should be eating.
I'm guessing, oranges and similar citrus, green veggies, a decent slap of meat. and milk.

Jean said...

Doom, I've pretty much become her personal secretary, among other things. She would have ignored both infections.

Berry, she eats very well. Good and bad. She's gained more than 45 pounds since her diagnosis.

Jan S. said...

I'm so glad you're there to take care of're doing a good thing, Jeannie. Take care of YOURSELF too.....take it from a caretaker, if you get run down, you can't help others. I miss you so much, my friend. Keep in touch!

og said...

You are in our prayers here as well. Do keep us posted.

Anonymous said...

Hugs and kisses to you both, sweetie!

boneman said...

by the way...
even knowing the outcome...
I would do it all again for you.

Just remember ...when times get tough with your Old Man had a saying...
Keep your chin up.
That way, they can get a good smack on ya.