You know your in trouble when they put your "wrist" bands on your ankle and start talking about putting IVs there as well.
It doesn't help matters when in 5 days you have had 3 IVs blow with about 10 sticks to get the three, and you end up looking like this.
|Last Friday I ended up in the emergency room with really bad spasms. I was admitted and released yesterday. It is odd to loose time; I didn't realize how long I had been in, until I got home and realized the date.|
Having a port placed is scary at least it was for me. I don't know what I freaked out about the most, what they where doing to me or the fact that my b/p went to 160/122. l have never had a blood pressure that high, guess it speaks to the fear and pain.
The port is in my upper right chest, with a second incision in my neck. The catheter from the port runs into my jugular vein, which is frightening in it's own way. I have learned there are different kinds of ports, however; a power port is best. It allows for strong drugs like CT contrast dye, blood draws, and IV meds can be given. The guess is that it will stay in for at least a year. I know I will get use to it with time. Patients is not one of my finer skills, urgh.
I am just glad I didn't end up having needles in my feet, that would have stunk. But this thing in my neck is scary in it's own way, yet a comfort to know the multicolored arm will hopefully heal from not being stuck all the time.
Basically the last couple of weeks I did more than I should have and that is likely what brought on the spasm and medical needs out weighing wants, sometimes it is a suck it up and do it situation. My silver lining is a nurse I respect who was an ED nurse and now works in specials was there. Seeing her smiling face helped, so thank you Anita. Thank you to Dr. Renvil who placed the port and was compassionate toward me, and comforting to my fears.
There are so many people to thank from the ED staff to the residence and doctors taking care of my on the floor. The nurses and aides where great and comforting. There are a lot of things that could have been worse, thankfully I am home and able to post this. That is my thankfulness this thanksgiving, being home.
A take away from this, is that the pictures of a spasm happening in my phone; helped the docs see what it is like to have spasms. I made myself lists of questions to make sure I understood how to care for it and what I need to be on top of for the next year or so. I will be Okay it is just going to take more time than I would like.