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GraceT
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My friend and I both have Lyme.

We plan to see Dr. W in Germany.

She has a port in her chest because she used to get IV's there.

Can it be used by Dr. W or must it be removed for the Bionic 880 to be used successfully?

Thank you All!

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Do you know how to access the port yourself? In that case you would need to bring dressing change kits as well as supplies for accessing and flushes.

I would not count on the nurses at his clinic to know how to access a port and certainly if they did not have experience I would not let them touch the port. But, it would be easier to get your iv's through your port instead of getting poked each time. Also, I would want to know what was in the iv's and if they are preservative free and if they are mixed in a sterile, clean enviroment.

Do you have difficult veins? Are you done getting iv treatments? Or will you have more iv abx treatments later?

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