I wanted to finish up some painting I had started around the house. I wasn't feeling my best and thought, it will only take a few minutes. So on the step stool I went, and off the step stool I went. I lost my balance and completely laid myself out. I had paint everywhere! And boy did it hurt! I fell on my right side which of course has my port. I didn't realize at the time that I had compromised my port-a-cath needle.
I quickly bounced up after the fall, thinking did that really happer. I had to get off all the paint and clean myself up. I had a large scrape on my right thigh. I knew my family was going to be ticked from my stupidity. And that they were!
My chest was super sore and my port was not flushing. So long story short after a week of peripherals and an x-ray. I did not damage the line just pulled scar tissue. Great news! After seeing Dr. T, I think we were both equally grateful that the line was still in place. Moral of the story...stay off step stools.
I don't know looking at this accident as a warning is from me having DIGITS or not, but I always think things happen for a reason. I was lucky this time. Did I mention I have osteoporosis and am high fracture risk in my hips and lower back. My right shoulder took the brunt of the fall. I don't know what would have happened if I had fallen directly on my hip. So it makes me wonder, is this the universe saying, "pay attention Taunya"? I think it is. The whole purpose of taking this time off is to learn to listen to my body. I have already managed to ignore my symptoms and persist. I ended up hurting myself. I know accidents happen but I guess I need to be more careful and take things one step at a time.