* Warning – images not for the needle phobic!*
Today I had to access Nathan’s port at home. We numb his skin first with a cream so the needle going in barely hurts. If you told me that some day I would be able to stick a needle into my child’s chest without a second thought I would have told you you were nuts!
The before pictures would have been of me spending about 10 minutes drawing medicines and flushes into syringes and setting out all the supplies for the port access.
Afterwards, I put some gauze under the needle and a tegaderm bandaged of the the needle to protect it. He can keep it in for a week. I gave him a medicine that has to be pushed in over 15 minutes so I just sit and watch the clock and very slowly push in 10 mls. Then I flush the port with heparin to keep it from being clotted. Correction – HE flushes it. He insists on doing all the syringe pushes that he can.