I thought I might be spared anymore issues, but I lucked out. A few days ago I noticed my mediport catether near my neck(collar bone area) looked red and swollen, I made an appointment to see the surgeon who originally placed it and he said it needs to come out due to possible infection. Before this could take place I had to have a blood test and COVID-19 test...all tests were clear and fine. The surgeon removed the mediport in his office, and I have to say it was gruelingly PAINFUL. apparently there was pus underneath the port, and the multiple times he injected me with anesthesia wasn't taking because of the infection. The doctor did not close up the incision but packed the hole up with guaze and taped it up. I'm on antibiotics now and I was told to remove the gauze, shower, and pack up the hole again with guaze. I don't know about you folks but seeing a gapping hole in my chest and trying to stuff it up, was freaking me out. I did manage to put some gauze in there but not as much as the doctor, I suppose you need gapping bloody holes to not get phased by it.
The redness has seemed to go down except where the catether tube was in my neck/ collarbone that is still red but doesn't hurt to the touch, it actually feels hard like if there is still a tube in there. My question to the group is, has anyone had a similar experience, is the hardness where the tube was normal, will that go away?
I have a follow up appointment with my doctor in 2 days, so I'm hoping infection will have cleared up and the hole can be stitched up.
My Oncologist team is aware of this situation, and now want to continue my infusions via my veins (I still need to finish the Herceptin and Perjeta regime till Oct). I'm nervous about that since I have very difficult veins, but now I'm nervous also about getting another port implanted in the other side.
Seems like there is always one thing after another.