Jul 13, 2013 - 2:24 pm
I had my 2nd Rituxan maintenance, blood work, and a doctor visit yesterday. My blood is back to normal--yay. It was slow coming up, but got there. All lymphoma markers are normal--yay!
My doctor said we need to think about getting my port out. He said that even though it is being flushed monthly, there is still a chance of developing a blood clot at the site. The nurse did have a little difficulty getting it flowing yesterday, and had to flush is several times. (It is also my 2nd port--my first one developed a staph infection).
I certainly won't be sad to see it go. It worries me. And I have been told by more than one person, for years, that I have very good veins. It makes me feel good to think that the doctor thinks I won't need it. <*** src="/sites/all/libraries/tinymce/jscripts/tiny_mce/plugins/emotions/***/smiley-smile****" alt="Smile" title="Smile" border="0" />
The question I have, and didn't think to ask the doctor, is about the length of time it takes for an infusion. Yesterday, the nurse cranked up the flow rate, a little at a time, until that bag was dripping pretty fast. I took a big bag of Rituxan in only 3 hours. I can't imagine it flowing into a vein that quickly.
Anyone have experience with this?