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mom2lillian
06-15-2007, 09:17 AM
Hey

I need some tips for how to keep the vest from making my port so sore.

mom2lillian
06-15-2007, 09:17 AM
Hey

I need some tips for how to keep the vest from making my port so sore.

mom2lillian
06-15-2007, 09:17 AM
Hey

I need some tips for how to keep the vest from making my port so sore.

mom2lillian
06-15-2007, 09:17 AM
Hey

I need some tips for how to keep the vest from making my port so sore.

mom2lillian
06-15-2007, 09:17 AM
Hey

I need some tips for how to keep the vest from making my port so sore.

mom2lillian
06-15-2007, 09:17 AM
Hey

I need some tips for how to keep the vest from making my port so sore.

CFHockeyMom
06-15-2007, 10:48 AM
Our respiratory therapist gave Sean a foam donut. It worked great.

CFHockeyMom
06-15-2007, 10:48 AM
Our respiratory therapist gave Sean a foam donut. It worked great.

CFHockeyMom
06-15-2007, 10:48 AM
Our respiratory therapist gave Sean a foam donut. It worked great.

CFHockeyMom
06-15-2007, 10:48 AM
Our respiratory therapist gave Sean a foam donut. It worked great.

CFHockeyMom
06-15-2007, 10:48 AM
Our respiratory therapist gave Sean a foam donut. It worked great.

CFHockeyMom
06-15-2007, 10:48 AM
Our respiratory therapist gave Sean a foam donut. It worked great.

dramamama
06-15-2007, 11:15 AM
I use one of the face masks they use with the bag when they "bag" someone needing oxygen. It has a little balloon fiilled air sac along the bottom and then the rest of the mask is hard plastic. I just put it over my port and voila, no pain.

dramamama
06-15-2007, 11:15 AM
I use one of the face masks they use with the bag when they "bag" someone needing oxygen. It has a little balloon fiilled air sac along the bottom and then the rest of the mask is hard plastic. I just put it over my port and voila, no pain.

dramamama
06-15-2007, 11:15 AM
I use one of the face masks they use with the bag when they "bag" someone needing oxygen. It has a little balloon fiilled air sac along the bottom and then the rest of the mask is hard plastic. I just put it over my port and voila, no pain.

dramamama
06-15-2007, 11:15 AM
I use one of the face masks they use with the bag when they "bag" someone needing oxygen. It has a little balloon fiilled air sac along the bottom and then the rest of the mask is hard plastic. I just put it over my port and voila, no pain.

dramamama
06-15-2007, 11:15 AM
I use one of the face masks they use with the bag when they "bag" someone needing oxygen. It has a little balloon fiilled air sac along the bottom and then the rest of the mask is hard plastic. I just put it over my port and voila, no pain.

dramamama
06-15-2007, 11:15 AM
I use one of the face masks they use with the bag when they "bag" someone needing oxygen. It has a little balloon fiilled air sac along the bottom and then the rest of the mask is hard plastic. I just put it over my port and voila, no pain.

lightNlife
06-15-2007, 01:46 PM
I make sure to wear a sports bra to reduce the amount of jiggle on that needle. I also have a small beanie baby (don't laugh) that I set over the site for cushion.

lightNlife
06-15-2007, 01:46 PM
I make sure to wear a sports bra to reduce the amount of jiggle on that needle. I also have a small beanie baby (don't laugh) that I set over the site for cushion.

lightNlife
06-15-2007, 01:46 PM
I make sure to wear a sports bra to reduce the amount of jiggle on that needle. I also have a small beanie baby (don't laugh) that I set over the site for cushion.

lightNlife
06-15-2007, 01:46 PM
I make sure to wear a sports bra to reduce the amount of jiggle on that needle. I also have a small beanie baby (don't laugh) that I set over the site for cushion.

lightNlife
06-15-2007, 01:46 PM
I make sure to wear a sports bra to reduce the amount of jiggle on that needle. I also have a small beanie baby (don't laugh) that I set over the site for cushion.

lightNlife
06-15-2007, 01:46 PM
I make sure to wear a sports bra to reduce the amount of jiggle on that needle. I also have a small beanie baby (don't laugh) that I set over the site for cushion.

AnD
06-15-2007, 02:02 PM
I won't laugh. I have a stuffed sheep I use to prop my IV/Picc line site up with... <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif" border="0">

AnD
06-15-2007, 02:02 PM
I won't laugh. I have a stuffed sheep I use to prop my IV/Picc line site up with... <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif" border="0">

AnD
06-15-2007, 02:02 PM
I won't laugh. I have a stuffed sheep I use to prop my IV/Picc line site up with... <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif" border="0">

AnD
06-15-2007, 02:02 PM
I won't laugh. I have a stuffed sheep I use to prop my IV/Picc line site up with... <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif" border="0">

AnD
06-15-2007, 02:02 PM
I won't laugh. I have a stuffed sheep I use to prop my IV/Picc line site up with... <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif" border="0">

AnD
06-15-2007, 02:02 PM
I won't laugh. I have a stuffed sheep I use to prop my IV/Picc line site up with... <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif" border="0">

Giggles
06-15-2007, 03:26 PM
I do not have a port but when I get my picc lines it seems near my heart it is sore when I do my vest. I put a towel under the vest. A nice thick one and it seems to lessen the vibration in that area. Hope that helps! Good luck!!!!


Jennifer 35 years old with Cf and CFrd

Giggles
06-15-2007, 03:26 PM
I do not have a port but when I get my picc lines it seems near my heart it is sore when I do my vest. I put a towel under the vest. A nice thick one and it seems to lessen the vibration in that area. Hope that helps! Good luck!!!!


Jennifer 35 years old with Cf and CFrd

Giggles
06-15-2007, 03:26 PM
I do not have a port but when I get my picc lines it seems near my heart it is sore when I do my vest. I put a towel under the vest. A nice thick one and it seems to lessen the vibration in that area. Hope that helps! Good luck!!!!


Jennifer 35 years old with Cf and CFrd

Giggles
06-15-2007, 03:26 PM
I do not have a port but when I get my picc lines it seems near my heart it is sore when I do my vest. I put a towel under the vest. A nice thick one and it seems to lessen the vibration in that area. Hope that helps! Good luck!!!!


Jennifer 35 years old with Cf and CFrd

Giggles
06-15-2007, 03:26 PM
I do not have a port but when I get my picc lines it seems near my heart it is sore when I do my vest. I put a towel under the vest. A nice thick one and it seems to lessen the vibration in that area. Hope that helps! Good luck!!!!


Jennifer 35 years old with Cf and CFrd

Giggles
06-15-2007, 03:26 PM
I do not have a port but when I get my picc lines it seems near my heart it is sore when I do my vest. I put a towel under the vest. A nice thick one and it seems to lessen the vibration in that area. Hope that helps! Good luck!!!!


Jennifer 35 years old with Cf and CFrd

mom2lillian
06-16-2007, 10:59 AM
hey I have one of those serta stuffed sheeps, and I though he was only for decoration!<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif" border="0">

I went to the kitchen, grabbed a measurign cup and inverted it over the port-wala! Much better of course it is a bit hard so I will look into soemthing a bit softer.

What makes it worse as I can access my port with a 1/2inch needle that fits perfect but it is just a bit too shallow to reliably use since sometimes I will have to wiggle it down further to get it to flow so I have to use 3/4'' which sticks out sooo far. Using the cotton and anchoring with steri strips is helping.

Thanks for all the advice.

mom2lillian
06-16-2007, 10:59 AM
hey I have one of those serta stuffed sheeps, and I though he was only for decoration!<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif" border="0">

I went to the kitchen, grabbed a measurign cup and inverted it over the port-wala! Much better of course it is a bit hard so I will look into soemthing a bit softer.

What makes it worse as I can access my port with a 1/2inch needle that fits perfect but it is just a bit too shallow to reliably use since sometimes I will have to wiggle it down further to get it to flow so I have to use 3/4'' which sticks out sooo far. Using the cotton and anchoring with steri strips is helping.

Thanks for all the advice.

mom2lillian
06-16-2007, 10:59 AM
hey I have one of those serta stuffed sheeps, and I though he was only for decoration!<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif" border="0">

I went to the kitchen, grabbed a measurign cup and inverted it over the port-wala! Much better of course it is a bit hard so I will look into soemthing a bit softer.

What makes it worse as I can access my port with a 1/2inch needle that fits perfect but it is just a bit too shallow to reliably use since sometimes I will have to wiggle it down further to get it to flow so I have to use 3/4'' which sticks out sooo far. Using the cotton and anchoring with steri strips is helping.

Thanks for all the advice.

mom2lillian
06-16-2007, 10:59 AM
hey I have one of those serta stuffed sheeps, and I though he was only for decoration!<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif" border="0">

I went to the kitchen, grabbed a measurign cup and inverted it over the port-wala! Much better of course it is a bit hard so I will look into soemthing a bit softer.

What makes it worse as I can access my port with a 1/2inch needle that fits perfect but it is just a bit too shallow to reliably use since sometimes I will have to wiggle it down further to get it to flow so I have to use 3/4'' which sticks out sooo far. Using the cotton and anchoring with steri strips is helping.

Thanks for all the advice.

mom2lillian
06-16-2007, 10:59 AM
hey I have one of those serta stuffed sheeps, and I though he was only for decoration!<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif" border="0">

I went to the kitchen, grabbed a measurign cup and inverted it over the port-wala! Much better of course it is a bit hard so I will look into soemthing a bit softer.

What makes it worse as I can access my port with a 1/2inch needle that fits perfect but it is just a bit too shallow to reliably use since sometimes I will have to wiggle it down further to get it to flow so I have to use 3/4'' which sticks out sooo far. Using the cotton and anchoring with steri strips is helping.

Thanks for all the advice.

mom2lillian
06-16-2007, 10:59 AM
hey I have one of those serta stuffed sheeps, and I though he was only for decoration!<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif" border="0">

I went to the kitchen, grabbed a measurign cup and inverted it over the port-wala! Much better of course it is a bit hard so I will look into soemthing a bit softer.

What makes it worse as I can access my port with a 1/2inch needle that fits perfect but it is just a bit too shallow to reliably use since sometimes I will have to wiggle it down further to get it to flow so I have to use 3/4'' which sticks out sooo far. Using the cotton and anchoring with steri strips is helping.

Thanks for all the advice.

Wheezie
06-16-2007, 10:52 PM
hehe, hope this doesn't freak anyone out - I don't access my own port yet, but one time when I was receiving IV meds and using my vest, it wiggled the needle right outta there!! That really wasn't so bad, but the nurse decided she wanted to flush with saline and heparin before taking off the dressing and re-accessing it. HELLO! The needle was NO LONGER IN THE PORT, but it was still sticking in there, just under my skin. So the saline and heparin went into that space between my skin and the drum of the port and let me tell you, it burned like crazy. Now when I use my vest while accessed, I undo the shoulder velcro over my left shoulder (port is in left side of chest) and pull that part of the vest down so it's not even touching my port. Or I use the acapella, flutter or just do good ol' fashioned CPT. I've tried the donut and the towel, but for me they don't help.

Good luck Nicole - hope some of these suggestions work out for you!

Wheezie
06-16-2007, 10:52 PM
hehe, hope this doesn't freak anyone out - I don't access my own port yet, but one time when I was receiving IV meds and using my vest, it wiggled the needle right outta there!! That really wasn't so bad, but the nurse decided she wanted to flush with saline and heparin before taking off the dressing and re-accessing it. HELLO! The needle was NO LONGER IN THE PORT, but it was still sticking in there, just under my skin. So the saline and heparin went into that space between my skin and the drum of the port and let me tell you, it burned like crazy. Now when I use my vest while accessed, I undo the shoulder velcro over my left shoulder (port is in left side of chest) and pull that part of the vest down so it's not even touching my port. Or I use the acapella, flutter or just do good ol' fashioned CPT. I've tried the donut and the towel, but for me they don't help.

Good luck Nicole - hope some of these suggestions work out for you!

Wheezie
06-16-2007, 10:52 PM
hehe, hope this doesn't freak anyone out - I don't access my own port yet, but one time when I was receiving IV meds and using my vest, it wiggled the needle right outta there!! That really wasn't so bad, but the nurse decided she wanted to flush with saline and heparin before taking off the dressing and re-accessing it. HELLO! The needle was NO LONGER IN THE PORT, but it was still sticking in there, just under my skin. So the saline and heparin went into that space between my skin and the drum of the port and let me tell you, it burned like crazy. Now when I use my vest while accessed, I undo the shoulder velcro over my left shoulder (port is in left side of chest) and pull that part of the vest down so it's not even touching my port. Or I use the acapella, flutter or just do good ol' fashioned CPT. I've tried the donut and the towel, but for me they don't help.

Good luck Nicole - hope some of these suggestions work out for you!

Wheezie
06-16-2007, 10:52 PM
hehe, hope this doesn't freak anyone out - I don't access my own port yet, but one time when I was receiving IV meds and using my vest, it wiggled the needle right outta there!! That really wasn't so bad, but the nurse decided she wanted to flush with saline and heparin before taking off the dressing and re-accessing it. HELLO! The needle was NO LONGER IN THE PORT, but it was still sticking in there, just under my skin. So the saline and heparin went into that space between my skin and the drum of the port and let me tell you, it burned like crazy. Now when I use my vest while accessed, I undo the shoulder velcro over my left shoulder (port is in left side of chest) and pull that part of the vest down so it's not even touching my port. Or I use the acapella, flutter or just do good ol' fashioned CPT. I've tried the donut and the towel, but for me they don't help.

Good luck Nicole - hope some of these suggestions work out for you!

Wheezie
06-16-2007, 10:52 PM
hehe, hope this doesn't freak anyone out - I don't access my own port yet, but one time when I was receiving IV meds and using my vest, it wiggled the needle right outta there!! That really wasn't so bad, but the nurse decided she wanted to flush with saline and heparin before taking off the dressing and re-accessing it. HELLO! The needle was NO LONGER IN THE PORT, but it was still sticking in there, just under my skin. So the saline and heparin went into that space between my skin and the drum of the port and let me tell you, it burned like crazy. Now when I use my vest while accessed, I undo the shoulder velcro over my left shoulder (port is in left side of chest) and pull that part of the vest down so it's not even touching my port. Or I use the acapella, flutter or just do good ol' fashioned CPT. I've tried the donut and the towel, but for me they don't help.

Good luck Nicole - hope some of these suggestions work out for you!

Wheezie
06-16-2007, 10:52 PM
hehe, hope this doesn't freak anyone out - I don't access my own port yet, but one time when I was receiving IV meds and using my vest, it wiggled the needle right outta there!! That really wasn't so bad, but the nurse decided she wanted to flush with saline and heparin before taking off the dressing and re-accessing it. HELLO! The needle was NO LONGER IN THE PORT, but it was still sticking in there, just under my skin. So the saline and heparin went into that space between my skin and the drum of the port and let me tell you, it burned like crazy. Now when I use my vest while accessed, I undo the shoulder velcro over my left shoulder (port is in left side of chest) and pull that part of the vest down so it's not even touching my port. Or I use the acapella, flutter or just do good ol' fashioned CPT. I've tried the donut and the towel, but for me they don't help.

Good luck Nicole - hope some of these suggestions work out for you!