16 November 2008

Ice Cold Water and Salt

This is just on recipe for getting blood out of clothes. I just used cold water and it came out. Where did the blood come from you ask? So it was new port "Inauguration" day today. Wouldn't you like to have one of these coming right for your chest.

Just in case you didn't know when you access a port for the first few times, it is pretty painful, and man does it bleed! We finished the dirty business and I put a band-aid over the gigantic hole. Within a minute or two I could feel something wet on my chest. I peeled my shirt back and there was blood running down my chest and soaking through my clothes.

Luckily I had brought some tegaderm for the occasion just in case. Tegaderm is a nice plastic dressing that I have lived on for all my life. For me its like comfort food, only comfort dressing. We hospital freaks are strange but it was nice to have the trusty old Tegaderm covering the port.

It was definitely a relief to test out the new fancy port. It worked like a champ. I can't remember the last time I had a port that flushed that nicely. Lets hope it is not needed for a while, but if it is, I'm glad it's in and working.