I have been through a lot over the years, and it has baisicly left me with NO veins to get an IV or even draw blood.
I have recurrent shoulder dislocations that require IV sedation to reduce it. The last several times, after at least 10 IV attempts, I ended up with a femoral line. The last time, they attempted a central in my neck and I had so much scar tissue from previous centrals that the catheder(sp?) kept getting kinked so they had to put in a femoral.
Just this last week and finger stick CBC showed I was anemic and I needed further blood work. After multiple poke and digging, they just gave up and asked that I come back in week to try again and go the the Hospital lab.
I have repeatedly asked my PCP to order a Port-a-cath. I have already had 3 ports. One clogged, one they took out b/c they didn't think I needed anymore after doing well for a wihle, and the last removed b/c of Staph Pnemonia they were afraid would attack the port so it was removed. I have had PICC lines, and a central almost anytime I am admitted, have surgery, or a simple procedure. But still, my PCP doesn't want to do a port. "I have to really prove you need one" she says, and "you haven't actually been admitted that many times this year" and other excuses like that. I am getting all the records I can to prove I need this done. I just don't understand why they make is so hard. I hate being a pin cusion and risk the effects of so many central lines.
27 years old
Dx's: Depression/anxiety, Non-Epileptic Seizures, Migraines, repeat joint dislocations, suppressed immune system
14 Major surgeries
Meds: Cymbalta, Vyvanse, Valium, Trazadone, Ambien, Loratab