Hello my fellow bloggers.
This is part 2 of the port post that I started for Graciy & Josh however several other people have since asked me about it and left some comments so...
A home health nurse came by today to re access M. You have to get the needle changed ( called re accessing ) every 7 days ( Well you dont have to if you want a port infection. You wouldnt do a aerosol with a moldy nebulizer so lets not do iv's with an old needle.) so I took pictures of M's chest with the needle out just for Graciy & Josh to know its not a 3rd nipple lol ;) and I also took pictures of the re accessing so you can see up close how it works. Most cf moms and wifes/husbands can and do re access, I however DO NOT because I am terrified Im going to stab the wrong spot! Everyone keeps telling me thats pretty impossible but Im still a chicken ( leave me alone! I do all the other cf stuff ) Well I dont take the needle out either lol =P. When you take the needle out its just like pulling a thumb tack out of a cork board.. I did it a few times and I can do it I just dont like to. I always think it hurts even tho M dont flinch and swears he dont feel a thing.. idk just dont like doing those 2 things ( I am capable of doing them and have before, they are both quite simple its just a personal preference )
Anyway these pictures are not entertaining or anything fun they are just for learning and info. for the ones of you who asked about it.
Needle out ( de accessed )
Up close needle.
Bald spot!! He always shaves that little part when he gets accessed.. for some reason he dont like the tape ripping out his hairs..hmmm??
Nurse getting ready.
Priming/Flushing the line ( pushing saline in it )
Coat 1 of Betadine
Swabbing off with an alcohol stick.
As clean as possible.
Finding the port with her fingers.
Sticking in the needle ( accessing )
All the way in
Double check make sure its in and secure.
Flush and make sure it goes in the vein.
Flush with one complete thing of saline.
You pull back after you have flushed to make sure you get a "blood return".
When you see this you know you have successfully accessed or re accessed a port meaning you are in the right spot ( center of port ) and iv's will go directly in to the vein that the port line runs to.
Push blood and saline back in.
All the way.
Accessed and almost done
Quickly apply tegaderm.
Seal off the site.. Keep germs away!!
Accessed and ready to go.
Michael thought it would be funny to give the nurse a hard time since it was her 1st time meeting him and he acted like she really hurt him when she poked him.. she was like oh my I so sorry then he started laughing so when she was done she squirted him in the face with a new thing of saline!! Quite funny!! so here he is getting the saline off his face =)
Classic Michael! He swears his "boobie tassel" is what won me over.
Oh and update on Pooch.. Hes groggy ( yea more so than normal ) and he just may have to go live somewhere else ( Michael dont know yet eeekkk ) I have found out quite a bit about this cat cancer/aids and according to a few people ( vet and doctor oh yea and google ) it could cause some major problems for M. So... Michaels gonna be pretty upset but this is just 1 of those things that cant be helped =(.
I have 2 beautiful flowers today instead of 1
Off to tell M about Poo.. wish me luck =/