It’s not very often that “going under the knife” can be looked at as a positive that the patient is actually looking for to. Tomorrow morning at UT Southwestern Hospital in Dallas I will have a minor surgical procedure that will greatly improve my quality of life.
I will have a catheter removed from my chest which has been very frankly a pain in my ass since it was installed in January. The catheter has been used to withdraw blood for both the oncology and dialysis teams that work with me. Luckily, the Dialysis catheter was removed a few weeks ago, but the one that the cancer people use is still there, until tomorrow!
The reasons I am happy to see this catheter go bye bye is because when I walk it sometimes sounds like bottles clanking. It’s easy to roll over it when sleeping and I have fear that will rip it out. It’s visible under a tight fighting shirt. But the #1 reason I can’t wait to get rid of this monstrosity is because I GET TO TAKE A SHOWER!!
I haven’t had a shower since this was installed. Just “wash offs”. The risk of any moisture getting anywhere near the catheter is too great and could lead to infections of perhaps uncontrollable perpotions. It’s just not worth the risk.
During tomorrow’s precudure I will have what’s called a Mediport installed which will allow acces to pull blood and yet I will be able to take a shower. I can’t wait!