Monday, January 5, 2009

View of My Arm (Needle-Phobes be Warned)

How do you get the best arms on the block for 2009? Obviously I'm not the one to ask, but here are a couple of steps you might want to AVOID:

Step 1) Having a hard-to-access (though otherwise awesome) arm port.
Step 2) Overusing said arm port to the point where it goes on strike. (I'm convinced this is what happened - the doctors however seem to think it's a clot. Clot, strike: no matter what you call it, the result is the same.)
Step 3) Injecting TPA into the clogged/overworked port in order to bribe it into functioning. Note that this apparently requires that a weird contraption with two syringes be left dangling from the access site for an hour.
Step 4) Allowing the insertation of an "emergency" peripheral IV in your hand/wrist for use while the TPA (which is just a fancy name for liquid plumber for ports) does its job.

If you avoid these 4 simple steps, you should be able to get through the year without your arm looking like this:

I'm actually pretty amused by the whole thing, and it definitely looks worse than it is. Guess no visit to the hospital ever goes entirely according to plan.


  1. Cute socks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Looks like loads of fun!! can't wait till my next admit ;)

  2. Liquid Plumber for ports. LOL! I hope that junk clears your port. How long have you had it? I had my chest port for 14 years (It was so abnormal that when pulling it out they had to give me an extra incision in the middle of my upper-chest to get the tube loose!). It clogged up on me on many occasions, stubborn little booger.

  3. How are you feeling today Piper? Thinking of you...