May 12, 2012 - 12:27 pm
I had chemo on April 24 and I was thrilled it only took 2 sticks to get the IV flowing. All was going well until the last 15 minutes when I was halfway through my carboplatin. IV started hurting but I was going to be damned if I said anything because that would mean additional sticks and a longer day.
Immediately after chemo the area two inches below the IV site on my right wrist started swelling and turning red. The next day when I went for my neulasta shot I asked the nurse and she seemed to think it was no big deal.
Tylenol and ice seemed to help, and when I went in for labs a week later the nurse said it was a blood clot. SCARY! However, this was a superficial blood clot that doesn't break away and clog any arteries, and she said as long as my symptoms are getting better and not worse to treat it with Tylenol and warm compresses.
Both help a lot but here I am nearly three weeks later and the red spot (about the size of a quarter) is still swollen and sore. This apparently is normal as the body dissolves and absorbs the clot.
Anyhow - moral of the story is if your chemo line starts to hurt say something!!!
Liz in Dallas who has two more chemo treatments to go