Monday, October 6, 2008

Mediport Schmediport Revisited

Turns out Olivia's mediport has a leak. Go figure.
We went to visit the cardiac surgeon for a follow-up visit today. I mentioned the mediport issues and he thought we should go on up for a chest x-ray just to be on the safe side. And while we are up there, why not run through Angio and have them squirt some dye in there to check things out. 3.5 hours later, we go back to finish our appointment.
Another long day at the doctor's office...getting a little old.
Anyway, the mediport is obviously no use anymore, so they are taking it out on Friday. Since it was originally placed for chemo, Dr. F. checked with St. Jude to make sure that was okay from their standpoint to remove and not replace it. They said they were very optimistic that we would be okay without it. So, surgery on Friday. We are going to be praying like crazy that she doesn't pull out any of her old tricks and we can be out of there at a decent time. It's the "unveiling" of the Children's Hospital of Illinois calendar that night. We wouldn't want the cover girl to miss the big debut, would we?
The rest of the appointment went well. We got to drop another medication (we're down to one page on our medicine chart...yippee!) and decrease another. Her labs showed she was a little dehydrated, so he decreased the diuretic. Dehydrated because of her new diet, or just dehydrated? Who knows. But the good news is, Olivia is down to taking just one medication at midnight. That's got to put a little pressure on the doctor that orders that one. Seems as though we'll need to have a chat. I'm sure he doesn't want to be the one person responsible for my interrupted sleep!
Olivia handled the big day like the pro that she is. She was overly happy and overly excited to see everyone. That doesn't seem quite right, does it?


Judy said...

If I'm remembering correctly, it seems like that mediport has never really worked correctly! Thank goodness she doesn't need it for all the St. Judes stuff! What a relief to put all that behind you! We'll be praying that the procedure goes well!