Day 313 – 319 – My Port is Out!

20190903_154420The port that was inside my chest…

On Monday, June 24th, I went to the hospital to meet the surgeon who would do the surgery to take my port out. He said that it will be quick and I will be out of the hospital within few hours. The only thing I did not like was that the surgery is scheduled for afternoon at 2 pm which means I will have to stay hungry from midnight till after surgery. But I was happy that it was really happening. My blood work showed my ANC was lower than 750 but I was hoping that it will go up by Thursday so that I can start my Maintenance Phase.

Finally, on June 27th,  the day came when I was about to get this port out. I took the shower with antibacterial soap the night before and next morning and was all ready to go to hospital for my surgery. The only thing was that it was only 10am and I was already starving. We went to the hospital and waiting for the blood work results to come back. I was a little disappointed because my ANC went down even more to 260 which meant that I could not start my maintenance phase but I can still get the surgery done.

They called us to the surgery unit at 11:30am because they had the opening and might take me by 12 pm . But then we waited and waited and waited and waited until 3:45pm before the doctor came to talk to us and then the nurse came to take me to the OR. I was getting restless and cranky by the minute because I was so hungry and thirsty. The nurse said that there was an emergency case that caused the delay in my surgery.  But finally I was in the OR and my parents in the waiting room. I came back out at around 4:50pm in the recovery room with my parents by my side. My mom told me that I was asleep for about 45 minutes before they started to wake me up and it took me some time to feel better and open my eyes fully. I ate some lemon ice which made me feel little better.  I had to go in the wheelchair to the car because I had no energy to walk and I was still dizzy. When I reached home, I had to eat my Samosas and that felt good.  My dad showed me the port that was inside me and I could not believe it when I took that in my hand. I was allowed to do anything and everything and no restrictions for anything.

20190607_202228_2It was sore for few days and then it started to feel better by the weekend. I rode my bike first time after a long time and felt so good. I wasn’t even tired doing that. Played outside with my brother that surely made him happy!  Now I had to go to hospital next week for the blood work to get my chemo started. I knew I was a step closer to getting back on the ice!

7 thoughts on “Day 313 – 319 – My Port is Out!

  1. The Dreher Family September 6, 2019 / 5:27 pm

    Hi Arjun,
    What great news! You are getting one step closer!!!
    It was great to see you!! It was the best surprise! You made our day!
    The Drehers


  2. Anvita Bharadwaj September 11, 2019 / 3:21 am

    So so happy for you, stay happy and healthy 🥰


  3. Anish Jain October 4, 2019 / 1:48 am

    This is so good to see Arjun, glad to see you getting one step closer ! I just caught up on the updates you posted and it is great to see how you are learning through you experiences 🙂 Feel really inspired and motivated to do good things just by reading all your updates so good karma coming right back at you 🙂 keep the chin up wish you a speedy recovery !



  4. Jacob ganz November 25, 2019 / 6:39 pm

    We hope you are feeling well!


  5. Jacob ganz November 25, 2019 / 6:40 pm

    We hope you are feeling well! It was great to
    See you at the rink


  6. Anonymous December 19, 2019 / 8:29 am

    Congrats!! You are definitely on the good road to recovery


  7. Derek LoGiudice January 10, 2020 / 4:44 pm

    Hope your doing well Arjun. I stubbled upon this page from a youtube video I saw.


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