I hope that the photo I attached to this discussion goes at the end of the text. There might be some that would be freaked out over what happened to me at dialysis on Saturday.
They are using the dialysis access that is in my lower arm. Things have been going well for almost two weeks. Then…
They put the needles in the access and checked to make sure everything is okay. They draw some blood in an empty syringe and then push it back into the line to see if there is any swelling or pain. All felt great so connect the dialysis machine and away we go.
About 5 minutes into the treatment I feel something wrong in my arm. I get the nurse to come over and look at it and it appears that I have had an infiltration on the needle that returns the blood after it is treated. This means that the needle is not where it needs to be and my arm has started swelling some.
So we stop the treatment and the nurse puts one of those rubber band type tourniquets around my lower arm and right over top where the swelling was occurring. She wants to reposition the needle and try again but decides to run a “one-n-one” where the machine is connected to my are and to one of the catheter lines in my chest.
Normally this is connected so that they pull fro the catheter and return to my arm. Instead the nurse reverses that and tries to pull from the connection in my arm and return to the chest catheter.
Don’t work. Can’t get the flow from the arm connection so the nurse reverses the lines so that they are pulling from the catheter and returning to the arm.
We start the pump and my arm immediately starts swelling and hurting.
The picture shows the result. That is going to look really pretty for the next week.
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