I'm just wondering if anyone on here has sticky blood and also has a chest port? I've tried looking it up and didn't find much about it....
My INR likes to jump all over the place and because of that I've been having to get it checked anywhere between 2-5 times a month (on top of regular blood work). When I went to get my INR checked today I was told that I won't be able to use the portable INR monitor with the finger prick. Now I would have to get my blood drawn each time and sent to the lab for a more accurate result.
I've been poked and prodded for around 8 years (I'm currently 22 years old), and now it's gotten to the point where nurses are struggling to find a good vein to draw blood out of. I have a lot of scar tissue on the bend of the elbow, and now my veins keep collapsing everywhere. The nurse told me it's the walls of the veins deteriorating. They have tried everything from heating pads, to elevation, to different sites, to having the IV team come in. So what should be less than a 5 minute blood drawn, turns out to be an hour ordeal. I also drink more than enough water so I'm not dehydrated.
I know that clots are possible with ports, but I'm running out of IV access points. Because it's so painful, my anxiety jumps through the roof to just get my blood drawn and it was never like that before.
I was just curious if anyone who has APS has had a port and what their experience with it was? Or if anyone has any ideas on what I could do?