Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Port vs Veins

Well, the big day in my 10 year old sons life has finally arrived! He has his surgery scheduled to have his port removed. For 10 years I have been telling him that when he was old enough and mature enough to learn to self infuse using his veins, we would have the port taken out. He has asked to go to different summer camps, to his cousins house out of state ALONE with out Mom, weekend trips with friends and family and Mom has to go because Mom knows how to infuse or he has to pass on the trip because he can't go by himself.

About a month ago he contracted a bacterial infection in his port which went into the bloodstream. He was a very sick little boy. Thru 4 days in the hospital, IV antibiotics for 2 weeks, no school, very limited and restricted physical activity and his doctors saying it was time to get the port OUT, he learned to self infuse. Motivation is a wonderful thing.....he got the vein the first try and we are on our 6th successful self infusion. Mom supervises now. It is very liberating for him.

My question to you Mom's, how did you deal with the surgery of getting the port taken out. I am nervous about that. I am nervous that my security blanket (the port) is being removed. Easy access in an emergency. I have met some great Mom's on the west coast and they have never used a port to access there child as they have always used the veins. I feel selfish but worry about the longevity of his veins for the rest of his life.

I would love for any insight you could give!

Monday, February 21, 2011

An Open Letter To A New Hemom... Tatyana

Hi Tatyana,

No need to thank us. We thank you for finding us and we are so grateful to have made a difference in your life. 

I guess, I'll start by saying, we all had the same fears when we first came about the news that our precious children are affected by the condition... Hemophilia. 

For years, I've tried to find answers too. Tried so hard to get understanding for it. It took me a while, nevertheless, worth every effort. Through the help of my son's medical team, treatment centers, other Hemoms, volunteers and the entire hemophilia community, our family was able to survive the nightmare. I always thank God for that! I always thank Him for guiding us in our way through our darkest moments.

My son now is in college. He was diagnosed with severe Hemophilia A at age seven. Currently a 3x National champion in golf, living a normal life through prophylaxis treatment of his meds, Helixate FS. Never better... We are so proud of him!!!

We Hemoms are here for you. We are here for each other. Feel free to ask questions and each one will be able to help guide you through your journey, as they have for mine. We have a website that you can always visit as well with our stories, at www.hemophiliamoms.com. I'm sure you'll find the site not just informative, but also full of resources. I guarantee you that it will give you, not only peace of mind and assurance, but also the greatest gift you can possibly imagine... Hope.

Take care,