My Journey with a Chest Port

About 3 months ago, I made a really great decision. I decided to get a chest port. I was doing an infusion for my POTS once a week, now twice a week. I have very difficult veins and on an average, I usually get poked about 4-5 times before they find a good vein. When the option of a chest port came to me, I had no idea what it was or what it did. Here is all about a chest port.

  • What is a chest port?

A chest port is a long tube placed in your chest that goes through a vein called the jugular vein, and the port ends towards your heart (usually the right side of the chest). It is placed under the skin by Interventional Radiology or surgery.

  • Why get a chest port?

A chest port is placed to carry out nutrients and medications straight into your body. It is placed for a few different reasons; chemo, infusions, and certain medications; and a port can last as long as you need it (up to years).

  • My journey with a chest port.

Having POTS, my doctors have tried countless amounts of standard POTS medication, and none have helped me. After getting a lot of different doctors opinions, they finally decided I should try IV infusions once a week. Unfortunately, I have extremely small veins, so on average I had to be poked 4-6 times just to find a good vein.

They used every technique on me like the vein light, a warm pack to plump up my veins, and having every nurse on call check out my veins- nothing worked. Finally my doctor told me if I’m interested in a chest port he would order me one. Best decision I’ve ever made. After a quick procedure ( I did the Interventional Radiology route) a few stitches, and a bump under my skin, I healed pretty quickly! I have numbing cream to put on an hour before my infusion; that helps when they put the needle in my chest.

Needless to say, I now have to go twice a week for an infusion, and I’m so happy I only get poked twice a week, compared to what it would have been if I didn’t have the port. For me, it was a great decision! I luckily haven’t had any infections or trouble with my chest port. It is an easier way for me to get my treatments! Hopefully this well help me, on my road to recovery! Always look for options to better your health; which will better your future.

*Disclaimer* I am not a Doctor. I am just explaining what a chest port is and my experience. Please talk to your provider for a professional opinion.

16 thoughts on “My Journey with a Chest Port”

  1. You are amazingly brave, taking it all in your stride! I do hope the chest port continues to help you along the road to recovery.

  2. Hi McKenzie,

    I appreciate your sharing your road to health. Many of us are healthy but can use your knowledge in other ways. When I was a principal, parents would tell the staff about their kids symptoms, I worked in a disadvantaged community, and was able to inform them about what to talk to their doctors about. I was an advocate more or less. Poor people do not receive the same care as you or I. Our kids were healthier because I read a lot. Your experience is helping more people than you know. May God bless you with a speedy recovery.

  3. Your strength and courage is so incredibly inspiring! You have been through so much and still find light and happiness in life! I hope the port continues to be helpful for you. I wish you nothing but success and recovery!

  4. Hi McKenzie,

    I appreciate your sharing your road to health. Many of us are healthy but can use your knowledge in other ways. When I was a principal, parents would tell the staff about their kids symptoms, I worked in a disadvantaged community, and was able to inform them about what to talk to their doctors about. I was an advocate more or less. Poor people do not receive the same care as you or I. Our kids were healthier because I read a lot. Your experience is helping more people than you know. May God bless you with a speedy recovery now that you received your chest port.

    1. Thank you so much!!! That means so much to me! I honestly appreciate that very much! That’s great that you could be an advocate for others who truly needed one! God bless!

  5. I love your positive attitude and resiliency. You are awesome and you are an inspiration to many. Much love and hugs, Sue

  6. I hope your chest port continues to work well for you, and I hope the POTS meds will start working. I enjoy reading your blog posts. You have such a positive attitude!

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