I brought my camera to the clinic today so that I could capture the process of accessing Kate's port. I think it might have been the wrong day for it though. We had a 10:15 appointment and drove around the parking garage for a full half hour trying to find a spot. Finally, I gave up and found a valet parking in a nearby building. We arrived at the clinic 30 minutes late and finally made it back to the room an hour and a half after our appointment. The lab had some complications and we couldn't get started without the bloodwork and that further delay threw a monkey wrench in our usual routine. On a normal day Kate isn't at all bothered by the poke through her port so I felt terrible when through the lens I saw her crying!Here are a few pics of the process...
Waiting to access the port
Every day before we go to the clinic, we put "magic cream" (EMLA) on Kate's port site. That way, it doesn't hurt when they poke through her skin to get to the port. Even though it doesn't hurt, Kate still doesn't enjoy the initial stick so she looks away.
That isn't supposed to hurt!
We put cream on her port at 8:30 in the morning. Due to all of the delays, her port wasn't accessed until 1:15 and I think the numbing effects had worn off by then! Now we know for next time...
Helping to flush her port
Kate loves to be a helper and the nurses let her flush her port before they de-access her. Although she was shocked and upset by the poke she was quick to forgive and help finish up the process.