I had a port put in my left side just above my breast on Dec 23. I had my second cycle of chemo using the port and one successful blood draw. Went for my 3rd cycle iof chemo. The nurse inserted the needle into the port. She checked for blood return and got it but couldn't do a blood draw. She drew the blood from my hand instead. I was given to go ahead to proceed withtreatment. She checked again for blood return and got a weak one. She started me on my pre-meds. She then started with the Taxotere andit felt fine to me. Once the Taxotere was done, she started me on the Cytoxan. The minute she started that, it burned. They came over and replaced the 1" needle with a 1 3/4" one and started theCytoxan again. It felt fine. That night I started feeling unwell butthought it was from the chemo. In the meantime, the team in infusion wanted me to get a flow check on the port. They did the flow check and it looked fine. By the weekend (I had the chemo on Monday) I was finding blisters on my left breast and chest. It became very painful. Long story short, I have been on 10 days of of iv antibiotics and have 4 more to go, then I take another 10 days of antibiotics by mouth. They have to postpone my next chemo cycle until I am healed. I have run fevers most every day from this and am in extreme pain. They removed the port and found it had bacteria growing on it. There is no blame here, just a very bad set of circumstances. My advice: be very aware of your treatments, if you feel anything amiss, don't hesitate to say something.
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