5/30/08 Firday Afternoon Supplement
Judy thought that once she got the porta cath in, she would no longer need to have needles put in her arm. She could not have been more wrong. In order to pin down the infection source they needed blood drawn from two sites. The surgeon did not want the porta cath used for two more days, so they tried to draw blood from the midline. They had trouble with it, but finally got it to cooperate. Then they stuck her in the hand for the second site. They got about half the blood they needed and it clotted. Then they stuck her in the arm for the rest of the blood. So much for no more needles!