It is a bit hard to get all this as Mindy and Landon really need time to wrap their minds around this so I am not pushing about details (please if you want information do not call and pester them. This blog is to let people know information so that Mindy and Landon do not have to tell everyone or call me!). All we need to know is as follows:
-chemo treatment begins this Tuesday October 14th. Mindy has to be at the hospital on Monday though.
-they (MIndy & Taylor) should be only there for a day and then get 2 weeks at home until the next one.
-there will be a need to obviously watch her for immune system, etc. So when you are sick stay away or on the opposite side of the room and not touch her (I though am going to error on the side of caution and say "STAY AWAY"LOL only in the nicest of ways, I do not want to take any chances with Taylor)
-Mindy has learned how to do the broviak (horribly misspelled but again I will fix later)LOL. This is the tube that is in Taylor's body that can be used o take blood or to insert chemo into the blood system for treatments. Mindy will be required to keep it clean, but says she needs help doing it as it is quite the procedure of hand-washing, etc so someone needs to watch Taylor during this. At this point Landon will of course be there to help do this. It needs to be done 3 times a week and then if it is dirty, etc.
I think that is it for now. Again please leave Mindy and Landon alone right now. I will post and let everyone know when they are up to calls and visits. I think this first time will be difficult for the first few days, but it will get better.
Tunneled catheters are placed through the skin in the middle of the chest. they are tunneled through the subcutaneous issue and inserted into the superior vena cava vessel at the entrance of the right atrium of the heart. these catheters can be left in place for months or yrs with low incidence of infection. dressing changes and maintenance is required. these are used for extensive chemo regimens and these are usually named after their brand names. like the BROVIAC CATHETHER.
Thank-you. You are most definitely right. The one she has is Broviac...again grossly misspelled by me!
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