Hi everybody, I’m Jeff and I have Stage 3b/c Colon Cancer
Back in the day folks had to wear an electric pump. These days they give out a pressurized ball of
poison errrm medicine for we chemonauts.
This is how I get it, all swollen like a scared pufferfish ready to get a dolphin high.
In 24 long hours it shrinks down to a wilting lemon. It took me a couple of weeks to find the best way to sleep with this. What I do is hang a bag from my bed post, drape the feed over my left shoulder (where my port is), and try to to toss-and-turn too much. I haven’t had any pulling issues thanks to the dressing and how I’ve got the feed placed “above me” so that it can rotate as I switch from my left and right sides sleeping.
And just before they remove it from my port it looks pretty pathetic…
This process is limited by a neat little valve which allows only 5ml/hour to be injected as to not overload my system. Surprisingly, my Doctor hasn’t had to cut-back on my chemo. He tells me from most other patients he has to cut back about halfway through. I suppose I’m stronger than I thought (or more stubborn, more likely).
Again, thanks for reading. This bit of blog is mostly therapy for me. If you get a little insight to what it’s like from these - fantastic!
Off to shower for the first time in 48 hours (thanks port dressing).
XOXO - Jeff