Saturday, March 5, 2011

Port is Placed

Emma's port was successfully placed yesterday with "almost" no complications.  The 30-45 minute procedure began a hour late, took 2 hours to complete, had 3 additional incisions made, gave the surgeon "some trouble" getting placed, caused recovery to be rougher, then the port which was "accessed" under anesthesia (needle placed through the skin ready and waiting for an IV line to be attached to) would not work at first, so had to be adjusted, flushed (with no success) then de-accessed and then re-accessed with a new longer needle all while she was awake, and feeling quite sore from the actual placement of the port a mere hour or so before. 

It finally was successful and the chemo was given and we were sent home......gladly!

She rested today, watched some movies, and then even got to go hang out for a few hours at our close friend Amy and Bill's house (while the boys were at soccer and the mom had a quiet house to herself for the first time in 3 weeks....ahhhh).  It was a good way to end a very hard week.  She experienced no nausea this time from the one chemo drug that she was given, and we are praying that this week brings many more days of recovery, healing and rest.  

Here are some photos of the last few days.  Blessings, peace and rest to all!

Girl Scout troop......made it to a meeting the afternoon between inpatient and port surgery

Ambulatory Care pre-surgical wait
Early morning.....6am

Emma likes to cocoon herself in blankets after surgery....needing ice chips from dad

Port access problems

The following photos are from earlier in our week

Happy to make Joseph's science fair....not happy to be so close to Ruby the snake!

Beautiful handmade quilt

Blogging from room 660 B
Peaceful spirit

Jacob and Emma-friends from church, bonded together through trial, protected and loved by God-please keep Jacob in your prayers.  His struggle is just as hard, just as deep, and in many ways more challenging.  Thank you friends. 


  1. She is a gem! Thanks for the explanation on what went wrong with the port. So sorry she had to endure it, but hopefully it will be her biggest bump.

  2. So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

  3. Such a brave, brave girl that Emma Kait! We are praying this week that you continue to not have nausea and that your spirits are high and mighty.

    Hugs to you all...

  4. ah! seeing your(ALL of your) grace through it all is amazing! Praises to He gently carries you through each tiny detail of this new "normal".

    What a mighty God we serve.

    Loving you ek!

  5. You can do it. you can be a brave girl. It's taking a while for us to be able to play barbies. I know you are going to be better soon.

  6. Rebecca,
    I just saw this in the Emmaus email. I do not know if you remember me. My family and I will be praying for you and Emma. I am sorry you are having to endure this. I pray that you will be able to rest in Him.
    Molly (Brown) Lilja


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