Some families have a crest.
Some have matching tattoos.
I guess in our family we have matching medi-port scars. (At least among us who don't share the same love of power tools, battling fires, and 4x4s, or towering 6'+ heights.)
Me, pre-op: March 2012
George, pre-op: April 2014
Today George became bionic (or maybe just more bionic considering the pins he got in his leg when he was 19). He got his "power port" installed. Another step on the cancer path, specifically toward chemotherapy. The medi-port aids in the chemo infusion. It is a little plastic device with a tube that rests under the skin near the clavicle through which the medicine travels into the blood stream. It is nice because it saves you from IVs in your veins (and possibly blowing out your veins), and can also reduce the number of pokes you get in the long run. (Can you say "needle fatigue"?!).
This is what I looked like right after I had my port installed:
An incision, some clear glue, and a bruise and lo! the way is paved for George to begin chemo next week.
He'll begin with mFolfirinox, which is a cocktail of four drugs -- two over a span of four hours in the Chemo Lounge, and two that come home with a slow release pump for 48 hours of additional chemo. This regime will take place every other week. So every 14th day he'll be in the Chemo Lounge, followed by two days at home with a pump & roughly five side-effect-y days. Then a week of hopefully feeling more like himself.
And he'll do this for as long as the cancer responds positively to the medicine, and the side-effects don't out-weigh the benefits.The "new normal" as so many talk about in the cancer world...
What we wouldn't give to have the old normal back again! To go back one month, two months when pancreatic cancer was a non entity. Something that happened to other people, famous people. When the balance of parent to child was correct. The doctors said that for 10 to 15 years it was quietly brewing, but oh the ignorance was bliss!
And now a few days of quiet to rest from the procedures and appointments this week, and a weekend at home for each of us. The troops are in place; the battle begins Monday.