I don't know much about this current "Port Security" issue. I don't know if it's better to hire American firms or British firms or firms headquartered in Dubai. All I can say is that whoever held the contract to secure Erin's port failed miserably and should not be in the running for important contracts at other U.S. ports. Apparently, between noon and 1:00 yesterday, the firm guarding Erin's port fell asleep at the switch, and someone STOLE her entire port. Ask yourself whether you would want that to happen to the Port of Houston. Not very secure I'd say.
Seriously, Erin's portacathectomy went very smoothly. The surgery took a bit less than an hour. She was in recovery about the same amount of time. Except for the drive time (yes, we were part of the diverted traffic around the double eighteen-wheeler crash on Highway 6 yesterday morning and part of afternoon traffic getting home) and the wait time (our surgeon follows the "slow and steady" school of thought on pacing himself which we appreciate because it's highly correlated with meticulous and careful), our day went fairly smoothly. Erin did have the usual post-anesthesia barfies a couple of times and will have tenderness for a few days. Nevertheless, she is thrilled to be rid of her bionic extra.
I have more to catch up on, but it will have to wait. I just wanted to let everyone know that the surgery went fine, we made it home safely (no slumber party with the nurses at TCH), and Erin returned to school first thing this morning.