i had my port not draw the first time it was used. i was still in hospital. they had put the port in when i had the colectomy. my ivs usually on last for two days before the collapse. they did them everywhere (arms, hands, thumb) and they required someone who really new what the were doing. they even grabbed someone from the ER to do one. then one swing shift i got a new nurse 'just filling in'. she was a chemo nurse. I though 'great!' she wanted to use the port badly so she asked for permission from the surgeon. he said ok. she comes back with another nurse and a couple of needles. starts 'palpating' the port. hurt like hell i assume because it was new and still a bit swollen. pain. first needle doesn't reach it. palpate again. pain. second needle didn't reach. Chemo nurse sends second nurse to get a longer needle. now i'm alone with her and she keeps paplpating, which at that point was agonizing, she keeps at it saying 'it has to be done over and over. my creepy radar was going off. other nurse comes back with needle and the get it in, supposedly. they can't get a draw. they hang the bag any way. i wake up the next morning with my shoulder and part of my neck completly swollen, all the fluid had gone in my flesh.
later that morning someone from the ER came to give it a try also gave me a local and couldn't get a draw. she thought it might have moved with all that palpating, or may be there was a blood clot. she refused to use it and got an iv in my thumb.
a couple of days later the did the xray with contrast. did't see anything wrong with so they gave me a local and went ahead and tapped the keg, got a blood draw just fine.
i don't know what happened. i just know that the one palpating crazy nurse will never touch me again. but Ms."cancer is a blessing because it brings out a beautiful spirituality in people" is a topic for another thread. i do have to say though that plenty of us already had a beautiful sprituality thank you very much. I'll shut up now.