Opted for the Portacath to receive my chemo (in Canada done via infusion) of FCR. The Port installation was done yesterday morning, so the afternoon was a little uncomfortable but today I am quite fine. I chose the Port after advice from my daughter, sisters and nieces (all nurses) when asking whether I should go Port, PICC line or just IV. Port was the resounding answer all around. A little short turn pain for long term convenience, less maintenance than the PICC, as well as less vein damage using the small veins for IV.
I am SLL and wonder since my bloodwork is normal,(I have bulky nodes, spleen involved and B symptoms), what it is going to do to my already normal counts. Scares me a bit.
Now I am preparing for the Chemo start on Monday morning. 3 days in a row? Yuck ! Other than pushing a LOT of fluids, what advice do you have for coping with the side effects?