Dec 29, 2012 - 8:11 am
Yesterday I went for my port placement. I am very happy that I now have it. But It was the worst day I have had in a very lone time. And I don't think it should have happened.
I arrived at the surgery center @ 7: 30 am for my 7:45 arrival time. filled out all the paper work even though I had done it on line the day before. They took me back shortly after that. Get undressed all the regular stuff. Then they needed to get a IV all standard right. I told the nurse that I have lymphedema in my right arm. And I have had chemo in my left for the last 4 months and the veins were shot and they haven't been able to get iv's in it in over a month. Plus my arm is very bruised and sore.
Well The nurse started with my left arm and hand. She tried from my FINGERDS all the way up as far as they go. Plus she tried either a 16 or 18 gauge in my wrist!! That one squirted her and across the room. I never moved but I did tell her she was hurting me quiet a bit. And that that needle was to big. She said no you tensed up that is why it blew.
By that time there was other nurses at least two at a time trying to get the IV in. They even tried my feet and ankles. (ouch ) They wanted to use my right arm I said it is ok as long as they didn't use a tourniquet on it. Well some of them talked about that. And then they told me THEY decided it wouldn't hurt just this one time to use a tourniquet. I felt like I was being blamed in some way. I don't think they liked it when I said that is my decision NO tourniquet on my right arm. And still a few times they just tried to put one on. And seemed annoyed with me when I said NO tourniquet!!
So this went on for 2&1/2 hours. Still No IV in. Then in comes the Anesthesiologist. He is going to put it in my neck. UGH! I asked why they couldn't put me out for this. I was in alot of pain by this time.
I tried very hard to stay nice. But then I lost my temper alittle. I told the Dr that if they couldn't get the IV this try I was leaving there would be no Port today. I had been stuck 22 times by this point. My arms are all black and my feet and my neck. So the Dr with the ultrasound said he got it in the neck. I could see the ultra sound and I know he didn't. I use to do this with animals. ( they didn't know that ) His needle was pushing on the vein but did not penetrate it. He even said to the nurse. Is this the longest needle you have it's to short. So then they took me in the OR and gassed me down and put it in the rest of the way.
So I got the port in finally!!
I don't know why a patient should have to go through all of that pain. If they have these problems they should have just gone to plan B Gas me and go for the neck. I think what happened to me yesterday was horrible and I pray it never happens to any one else. Plus there should be a nurse there that can get a IV without a tourniquet!
I am so sore today. Glad I have a couple days before chemo LOL.
Thank you for letting me vent I feel alittle better now. Oh and I will be filling out the Survey!!