Power Port Flushing Disaster.....ER Visit!
I heard that the EMS was on their way. I was out for about 45 seconds. The nurse said that I "clutched my chest and kind of seized".
My usually high blood pressure was very low. I was vomiting and losing my bladder.
Anyway I was hauled off to the ER and spent about 7 hours being poked, scanned and tested.
They decided that a few days in the hospital for observation was needed. I also got a CT Scan of my head, EKGS, echocardiograms, Chest X-Rays and lots of blood tests. The Port was used for my fluids during the hospital stay and actually gave blood and seemed normal when I was being released.
I had CT Scans of my chest, abdominal and pelvic areas last wednesday before this incident. I had to drink barium and had IV Contrast injected in my arm for these. This was the only "unusual" proceedures that I have had lately.
Has anyone else had a similar experience? I have heard that passing out from Chemo happens quite often, but I was fine throughout the treatments.
My Onc had wanted me to keep the Port in for about a year "just in case" and I am supposed to have a flush every three months. Now I am not sure what to do. Several of the ER DOCS thought getting the Port out would be a good idea. One Doc said that flushing in the hospital setting might be best....just in case. Any ideas??
I am still a bit nervous about all this! ( I kind of doubt that the Onc office will want to try a flush there again )
Thanks for listening to my ramble!
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