Portacath gone

Dr. Sonfield removed the portacath this morning, right there in his office. Shelby went with me to drive just in case I didn’t feel well enough afterward. Actually, I felt fine throughout and still do.

He just gave me a little shot of anesthetic, meticulously opened the same incision, then gently and slowly tugged the portacath out of my shoulder. I couldn’t feel it and kept my eyes closed, but he and Shelby and I chatted about babies the whole time which made it easier – I didn’t have to think about what he was doing.(He has twin boys, and Shelby and I told him about Madalyn.)

A few internal stitches plus a few external stitches, a neat bandage, some tape, and all was finished. I’ll go back to get the sutures out in a week.

That little gadget was very helpful for chemotherapy. Since I have such small veins, even the best lab techs have trouble drawing blood or inserting a line.

I’m doing quite well otherwise, except that my thyroid levels are a bit out of whack and I may need thyroid medication in the future. Apparently chemotherapy damages the thyroid gland in many patients. Just one more side effect!

All in all I’m feeling better every week, less and less fatigue, more and more energy. That’s a good thing since I went back to playing the piano for church. Three or four hours of rehearsal time a week, plus playing for the actual services, requires some extra rest the following days but nothing major.

My hair is getting back to normal too. It’s still really short but that’s okay with me. I’ve had one trim so far to even out the shaggy look and will need another one in a couple more weeks. But the mix of light and dark gray with a little white around the edges is pretty much the same as before.

I’m so very grateful for all the prayers and thoughts from Christian friends and family around the country. I may not post much to this Journal these days but have gone back to writing some in my other blogs, even added a chapter to The Simsville Inheritance (novel posted on my main website, www.BetteCox.com).

John 10:10! A verse still very dear to my heart.


1 Response to “Portacath gone”

  1. 1 Diane
    March 1, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    So good to hear from you and the good report! Christ is so faithful to continue to be the the Big C in your life!
    Much love,

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Bette’s Journal

Bette Cox 2010

Christ is the "Big C" in my life!

That was told to me by a good friend recently, and it's so very true.

Jesus says in John 10:10, "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full."

I believe Jesus. I hope you do too.

I have one request of other believers reading this journal:

Agree with me that the invader will shrink, shrivel, die and disappear from my body, whatever method the Lord uses to accomplish that.

Thanks in advance.


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