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The Port of Miami

MCI (Miami Cancer Institute) will implant my subcutaneous port on Friday. It gets installed under my skin near my right collarbone, and is made of self-sealing rubber that sits directly beneath the skin. To give me the chemo, they poke a needle through my skin, through the self-sealing rubber, and then the chemo flows into a plastic catheter that runs from the port to a vein near my heart. Here’s a picture of what it will look like:

The port will stay implanted for the duration of my chemotherapy, which may last as long as eight weeks. I’m sure I’ll get used to it.

Interesting trivia: You know you’ve searched a lot for colon cancer on your iPhone when ads for adult diapers appear in your Facebook feed. I PRAY I won’t need them, but I know a good deal when I see one…

I talked to my friend who has leukemia today. He’s been in the hospital, and he told me he hasn’t seen the sun in nearly a month, but thankfully his cancer is in remission. They plan to send him home soon, and I think his next medical step is stem-cell therapy. He’s also at Baptist Hospital, so I’ll visit him after my chemo.

Did I mention in an earlier blog that I have to watch out for infection because my white blood cell count will low because of chemo? So, don’t get huffy if I don’t give you a hug, or a kiss on the cheek, when I see you.

Interesting fact: Someone clicked on my blog in a Google search today! I must be moving up the rankings!

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I’ll leave you with a joke:

Did you hear about the chameleon who couldn’t change colors? He had a reptile disfunction.

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