Caat55 wrote:I got the port in yesterday. It is pretty awkward, difficult to turn my head because of the tape. I was told I could resume normal activities after 24 hours but saw cautions on web about reaching overhead, lifting more than 10 pounds. Anyone with insight? I was also told not to let water get on it directly. It kind of scares me, in my jugular and in my chest.
They had a plastic patch over mine after I got it placed so I could shower. Definitely don't raise arms over your head. You can still shampoo with your hands. Elbows level with the incision area. After a couple of weeks it all settles in.
At first I would gently just pat the port area when showering. After having it now months later, I just wash as normal.
Did you get lidocaine to numb it when they do the infusions? If not, ask for it. Just put a dab on and cover with a small piece of plastic wrap to protect your clothing. Do that an hour before going and getting your chemo. Don't rub it in, just a small amount and just cover the port only. Makes it painless when the insert the needle for chemo.
Ask your doc when you can get it wet. It shouldn't be very long. I can't remember exactly how long it was. I had my port placement on a Monday, PET scan (had to keep arms at my sides) 2 days later, first infusion that Thursday. They removed the initial covering for the infusion.