KellyBelle wrote:My pump was about 4" x 8" and I wore it in a fanny pack around my waist. I slept with it around my waist (just put it over my pj's or gown); the only time I took it off was to shower, and then I hung it on a hook right outside the shower. It stayed on for 48 hours continuously, until I went back to the infusion suite to have it removed --it would start beeping about an hour before it ran out, if I recall. I wouldn't see the pump again until my next cycle. I have read here that some people get their's removed at home by a visiting nurse. I never did anything to it myself and never had any problems with it (except that I hated it).
I hated mine too. I bought special shirts to try to hide the bandage over my port site. I wore my pump in a little purse thing I had at home. The cancer clinic tried to give me a fanny pack, but I refused. It was big and bulky and ugly.
They have tried to give me other things , like tote bags with the name of the clinic on the side. Just what I wanted...walking around advertising I was a cancer patient.
I work in a medical office and thought one of the nurses there could have removed the pump after it started beeping, but that idea was slapped down. Something about only specially trained chemo therapy nurses were allowed to do it. Hogwash, I thought, but I obeyed and went to the clinic.
Stage IV, April 2009.
"It is well, with my soul"