Perhaps this is TMI, but I've had so many people ask me about Steven's port that I thought I'd put a picture up to satisfy the curiosity out there.
This is the way he gets his chemotherapy and all his blood draws. At the same time he was anesthetized for his biopsy, a surgeon placed it under his skin threaded the catheter into his artery. Before he ever gets poked, we put a cream on his skin at the port site to numb it, so as long as I remember to apply it, he doesn't feel anything. The cream needs to sit for about 30 minutes, and I admit that at first I was terrible about remembering so the home health nurse would show up and poke him without the port site being numb. He was a tough cookie and didn't complain, but once I remembered it and he decided it was so much nicer so now he faithfully reminds me about the cream.
In other news, he made counts today and so we are off to the hospital tomorrow afternoon for methotrexate. His red blood cell count was quite low, so they will check it again tomorrow and he will likely get a blood transfusion to bring the counts up. I never would have suspected it, though, he's been acting just fine. He did have a bit of a headache tonight.
If we get lucky, he'll get to come home Easter morning. I'm trying not to get my hopes up, but cross your fingers anyway!