Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The port is in.

Nick's Port placement went well today. The surgery was scheduled for 1040, and takes approximately 40 minutes, but they got him in ahead of schedule and he was out of surgery by about 1040. The surgery happens under 'conscious sedation' which is a pleasant way of saying a local anesthetic with anxiety medication. This allows for a shorter recovery time, and therefore a shorter stay. Nick was comfortably at home by 1230.

Dr. Jafari visited Nick before his surgery to talk about his plan for chemotherapy. Assuming our consultation with Sam Whiting concurs with Dr. Jafari's, we may be starting as soon as Friday.

I went back to work today for the first time post-diagnosis. I'm not sure I did anything productive, but it was good to get back in the swing of things. It is very comforting to know that all is running well without me.

We have an early appt tomorrow so I must get to bed, but wanted to update you all that the cogs in this wheel are starting move and we hope to be able to report on some real progress soon.



  1. Nick,
    You look adorable, and the smile on your face is an inspiration. You are so very, very in my thoughts.
    Rebecca Hall

  2. Glad to hear there is momentum, and that the port is in. Ellie and I are looking forward to stopping by to say hi this weekend.

  3. Nick:

    I feel old: not only was I one of your babysitters when you were little, but I've never blogged before. Well, here goes...

    I'm sorry you're sick, but I'm glad you have Michal there to quarterback your treatment and translate everything medically for you. We are rooting for you here in Pennsylvania.

    Darla Pomeroy

  4. Nick,
    By the time I got to work at noon, you were on your way home. I was happy to hear your port placement went smoothly. I just want you to know my family is thinking of you and your family.
    Michele Spoelstra-Libbey (Gina's sister) RN at Skagit Valley Hospital Daysurgery