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Shooting with Chemo port
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Contributors to this thread:
IWO 26-Dec-18
elkmtngear 26-Dec-18
JL 26-Dec-18
WV Mountaineer 26-Dec-18
IWO 26-Dec-18
CSAL 26-Dec-18
IWO 26-Dec-18
Scoot 26-Dec-18
elkmtngear 26-Dec-18
LUNG$HOT 26-Dec-18
Linecutter 26-Dec-18
t-roy 26-Dec-18
hawkeye in PA 26-Dec-18
hogdaddy 26-Dec-18
JL 26-Dec-18
WV Mountaineer 26-Dec-18
SBH 26-Dec-18
jrb(CO) 26-Dec-18
wyobullshooter 26-Dec-18
bowhunter24 27-Dec-18
IWO 27-Dec-18
midwest 27-Dec-18
IWO 28-Dec-18
From: IWO
26-Dec-18
I hope everyone had a great Christmas! I’m having a chemo port put in my shoulder under the skin, has anyone had this done and how did it affect you shooting? Trying to decide which shoulder to put it in, I shoot right handed.

From: elkmtngear
26-Dec-18
I doubt if it will make a huge difference when you get used to it.

That being said, I'd go with the left side.

I hope the chemo is successful!

From: JL
26-Dec-18
I had one in my upper chest, slightly on the right side. The Doc asked me prior to planting it if I was a hunter. I was so weak though I couldn't draw my bow even at it's lowest setting. I will admit it was a major morale booster when I got on the other side of treatment and could finally draw my bow! Good luck with your treatment.

26-Dec-18
I had mine put on the inside of my left bicep. I shot just fine.

From: IWO
26-Dec-18
Thank you for the information I appreciate it!

From: CSAL
26-Dec-18
I skipped the port and had them tap my vein for treatment every other week. I was glad I did it that way until I got down to my last couple of treatments and my veins would collapse.

I had treatment every other week for 6 months. Was glad I did it the way I did but if I had to get treatment more frequently I would definitely do the port.

Good luck hope it works out well for you! No matter what stay positive. Your mindset is everything..

From: IWO
26-Dec-18
I feel great! Like nothing was ever wrong! But will have to do 6 months every two weeks! I’m scheduled for the port tomorrow so looking forward to get this show on the road! I tell everyone we may not be able to control the outcomes of things but are reactions to things is entirely up to us! This is just a speed bump in life! Lots of hunting to do still

From: Scoot
26-Dec-18
Great attitude IWO! Good luck and prayers sent.

From: elkmtngear
26-Dec-18
Sounds like you've got your head right...you'll do just fine!

From: LUNG$HOT
26-Dec-18
I have no experience with that issue but stay strong. Prayers for you and family.

From: Linecutter
26-Dec-18
Thinking about this, if it is being placed near your clavicle, I would suggest the left side, bow hand. Not as much muscle movement there, as there would be on the right side when drawing the bow. So less possible movement of catheter and pulling of suture and the tape, that is holding the port in place. DANNY

From: t-roy
26-Dec-18
Scoot X2!......Best wishes to you on your treatments and recovery, IWO!

26-Dec-18
Great outlook, best of luck on your future hunts, and prayers sent.

From: hogdaddy
26-Dec-18
left side, left handed no problem shooting. even killed a couple pigs during that time, good luck to you sir.

From: JL
26-Dec-18
IWO.....I also did every two weeks for 6 months then hit radiation a couple of weeks after my last chemo. I would humbly suggest starting a medical logbook to track everything your told, appts, meds, etc. I did one and still maintain it 5 years later. I was hit with alot of info at once and it made it much easier to track it. Also....I was awake when they pulled the port out. Pretty cool procedure.

26-Dec-18
I did the same thing. I took three bags a day for 7 days, then 10 days off, then 7 more days, etc.... By the middle of the third month, I was forced to go with a port because my veins in my arms were a mess. Wish I had just done the port from the start. I'll also second the comment of how weird it is to be awake and watching the monitor when they take it out. Just a weird feeling. It doesn't hurt. It's just weird. Kinda like getting a vein tickled.

Keep the faith. God Bless

From: SBH
26-Dec-18
Best of luck to you IWO. I hope the chemo is successful and you are able to continue on as normal as you can in the meantime.

From: jrb(CO)
26-Dec-18
I've placed over a thousand, even placed 1 on a guy on the national skeet shooting team. You should have no issues shooting a bow. I would recommend right side placement even if right handed as your internal anatomy allows for better port flow and function. Good luck.

26-Dec-18
Can’t give you any suggestions on the port, but I can give you some prayers! With an attitude like yours, you’re gonna do great!

From: bowhunter24
27-Dec-18
Sounds like I would follow jrb's advice. I had a good friend out turkey hunting a few years ago and after calling him a gobbler in on video for him he pulled the trigger only to find he had forgot to chamber around. Looking like a 3 stooges episode I had him bring his gun inside blind handed him my loaded gun picked the camera back up and he blasted that bird. I shoot 3.5 inch 12 gauge and he put the butt right on his port. Needless to say it collapsed his port but it popped back out before his next session. Keep up the good attitude prayer sent.

From: IWO
27-Dec-18
Thank you all again for the information. Also the prayers and well wishes.

From: midwest
27-Dec-18
Great attitude, IWO....you've got this!

From: IWO
28-Dec-18
Ok got it done! Talked with Surgeon and decided to go left side! Little sore today! I did however decide to stay awake for the procedure pretty interesting! Couldn’t see anything but could hear them talking and feel them doing it! But no pain! They did give some anesthesia not sure if it was same got pretty nauseous afterwards for a few hours but knocked it out and feel a lot better today! Happy new year to you all! Ready to go hunting

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