I left you on that first port infection cliff hanger, so that’s where we’re starting today! In the summer of 2011, after my senior year in high school.
Central line infections are no joke! They can lead to sepsis and even death if not treated properly. I had gone five years without getting an infection, which is pretty impressive. But this led me to believe there was no way I could get one even though I’d been warned about them since the first day. Chills, fever, body aches – this list sounds a lot like the symptoms of many illnesses, doesn’t it – especially the flu. The kicker was that my “flu” only happened at night when I was infusing TPN. I should have realized way faster than I did.
I finally connected the dots, accepted what was probably happening and ended up in the ER. They immediately started me on antibiotics. After several days, when my cultures (blood tests that are observed for several days to see if they grow bacteria) came back clear, I was sent home on IV antibiotics.