Wigglies and ports

Henry gets his chemotherapy and has his blood samples taken through a central line. The central line was implanted very soon after his diagnosis and there is more information about it here.

Whenever Henry needs to have chemotherapy a nurse comes and inserts a wiggly – a kind of cannula that injects into the port which sits to the side of his chest under the skin. Once the treatment is finished for a few days, Henry’s wiggly is removed (de-accessed) and life carries on. We chose this way of giving Henry his medicine (rather than a Hickman line) because it means the threat of infection is minimised and we can do ordinary things like taking Henry swimming when he is well enough.


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