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A Tingling Sensation – #40

I came home from chemo with my 48-hour pump connected to my port in front on my upper right side (the tube was about 5 feet or longer) and I still had a tube for the drainage bag coming out of the center of my buttock on the right side (the tube was about 4 feet long).  The nurse told me I would start to feel a tingling sensation when I come in contact with anything cold. The tingling sensation would last for a couple of days and then it would go away. The tingling sensation started soon as I left to get into the car.  Rick would pull the car up to the door and let me out and then pick me up at the door.  From the door of the facilities to the car, my ankles felt like tiny little needles were sticking into the surface of my skin. The chemo pump that went home with me after every infusion was a little monitor of about 7x5x3 in size. It had an additional 48 hours of chemo drugs pumping into my body after my chemo infusions. So, for 48 hours this machine is attached to me with 5 feet of tubing.  I was a nervous wreck the whole time the pump was connected to me. I closed the tube up in the refrigerator, I closed the tube up in the microwave, I pulled the monitor off the coffee table when I would get up and I pulled the monitor off the coffee table when I would sleep.  I had to keep the tube from Diamond.  It was like doing a school project where the student pretends to be a parent and has to keep a constant watch of the baby doll. The nurse gave me instructions on what to do if I had a “chemo spill”.  Yes, they had instructions and a name for it so it must happen.  My sister drove me to the doctor to have my pump removed on Thursday. One down eleven more to go.  My next chemo treatment is February 19th, my next visit to the hospital for my drainage tube removal is February 14th. For You have delivered my soul from death. Have You not kept my feet from falling, That I may walk before God In the light of the living?  Psalm 56:13.

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