I have posted two new videos to my video channel on YouTube. You can get to them by clicking on the following:
One video is a general update put out on 7-2-2015 and the other is about the Mediport removal I had done yesterday.
I did not care for the removal process at all. It was a bit more painful and involved than I realized it would be.
Fibrin in the human body grows to the Mediport, which is located underneath the skin. My port had been in for a little over a year. Therefore, the doctor had to separate from the Mediport a year worth of scar tissue and fibrin. Snip snip snip! I could hear and feel every snip of the scissors and it went on and on and on. Then he had to use his finger and dig and skip around the Mediport to further break loose the tissue from against the port. At that point, it felt almost like he was standing on my chest. It took longer than I thought it would and I have a tendency in these type of procedures to become a bit anxious. I suppose I have watched too many of these procedures as a nurse and know what he is doing and I can hear and feel everything he’s doing and picture it in my mind. It’s a mental and emotional overload!
At any rate, I am at month number eight of my recovery from the stem cell transplant in November. I am still having a few infections and I’m still tired/weak and I’m having some G.I. symptoms. I am due to return to work in approximately eight weeks!
The insurance company that is providing my disability is being a real PITA! It is a long and involved story, but suffice it to say they are trying to make me paying money that I do not owe them. They are claiming they overpaid me on my disability, yet I can prove with every paycheck they gave me it was exactly to the penny the amount I am supposed to get while on disability.
They are also trying to deny my waiver of premium on my life insurance. What that basically means is I will have to pay a lot of money per month to keep my life insurance continuing as it is. Money I do not have right now! I basically think insurance companies are about as evil as car dealerships. And the IRS!
Above: the double lumen Mediport after removal. Below: my wife and I just before the procedure
Be sure to visit http://www.kraftsims.com and watch my videos. I show the removal process up to a point. They would not let me film it all though. I also chronicled on video the highlights of my chemotherapy and the stem cell transplant process. Be sure to check these out!