It's certainly been an eventful 30 days. The day I returned the pump for my second cycle, I wound up back at the infusion center crumpled in a wheelchair puking my guts out in pain. Gallbladder tests ensued and, eventually, out it came (I hate, hate, hate outpatient surgeries). Four days after removal, of course a Saturday, my left arm swelled, became painful, and turned blue. The on-call surgeon told us it wasn't likely to be bloodclots & was just probably "something with the port."
Something with the port, indeed, where that something is DVT. By the time Monday rolled around and we talked to oncologist who sent me to get an ultrasound, the radiologist found
[N]oncompressible thrombus in the left internal jugular vein. The thrombus extends into the left subclavian and axillary veins. There is noncompressible superficial thrombus in theleft basilic vein in the upper arm.
Positive DVT in the left upper extremity involving the left internal jugular vein, subclavian, and axillary veins with the superficial thrombus in the left basilic vein.
So, now it's daily Lovenox injections likely for the remainder of chemo according to the onc. I also get to wear a nice compression sleeve on my left arm. So much for trying not to spread the news about my diagnosis around. This whole thing has certainly gone downhill rapidly.