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Port in Flushing from steroids was posted 11/07/2016 12:11 pm by in Flushing from steroids
E-mail Address: kristen5270@yahoo.com

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I had a port put in the morning of my first treatment. I have very small and temperamental veins and any that were halfway decent were destroyed after my Whipple surgery. I had all kinds of infiltrations and needed lots of different IVs which got even worse after I got a severe urinary tract infection. The nurse from the IV team that came to try to get something in for my last few days said 'This is it! There's nothing left and you'll have to have either a PICC line or port after this.' He was an extremely capable IV nurse as he was a combat medic and used to starting things and vibrating helicopters under fire. I'm very fortunate to have superb medical care from the VA. I was a Navy hospital Corpsman during the Vietnam Era. I did not want the PICC line because as a retired nurse I know how awkward they are, catching/snagging on clothing etc. Plus, the dressing care that needs to be done is time consuming. I enjoy my bath and shower and trying to wrap that thing every time would not have been easy for me. The port was fabulous and I kept it in for an extra year afterwards. I went in every month and had it irrigated and reheparinized. I had to have lots of IV fluid therapy, scans and lab draws. These would've been impossible without the port. Since I've had it removed they always call the IV PICC team to come bring the ultrasound to search for veins now. I would definitely choose a port again.

Concerning the pre-medication for nausea that you were getting before chemo. Corticosteroid is the common treatment. Prednisone or Decadron etc. Are generally used to reduce post chemo nausea. Since I'm intolerant of these and end up with steroid psychosis if on them too long, my doctor substituted it with Benadryl. I did fine with just that. I was supplied a good amount of anti-nausea pills and ondansetron. As a back up m, if that didn't do it ....Compazine. Keep a good supply of ginger ail, peppermint or lemon and ginger tea. Saltine crackers, chicken noodle soup, lemon natural fruit ice Popsicles, either plain or vanilla flavored Greek yogurt with high-quality multiple strains of probiotics and an ice pack in your freezer. I found that putting an ice pack on my abdomen help shorten it the duration of the nausea.



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