Al finally got his port taken out yesterday. It would have been taken out sooner, but he had a lump on his chest that needed further investigation. He was referred to a surgeon that said it was basically a cyst, which she removed yesterday along with the port. His chest is wrapped in an ace bandage to prevent swelling and the bandage is itching him, but he isn't complaining of pain.
We have more good news. He found a new job and starts on Monday! It looks like 2009 will be much better.