I have had people ask me how I access my port for IVs and what it entails. I decided to record myself accessing my port last night. Sorry it is a bit long because I couldn’t get my gloves on. They are sterile so I can’t just throw them on. I have to be careful not to touch the outside of the gloves.
I do use EMLA numbing cream before accessing my port. I put a glob of the EMLA on top of my port site and cover it with a small tegaderm for at least 30 minutes but closer to 45 minutes. I cleaned the EMLA cream off right before recording. I will answer some of the questions that might be going through your mind….
1. The EMLA cream does help it not not hurt as much when accessing.
2. I have had this port for 7 years with no problems.
3. I chose to learn to access my own port because I like the freedom it gives me. I like being in control of when I’m accessed and deaccessed.
4. Not all people with CF have a port, nor do all that have a port access their own ports.
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Without further ado…
Until next time…