Re: Portacath no longer accessable for flushing
Thank you for the information and suggestion. Since my husband hasn't seen his Oncologist or Gastroenterologist (the surgeon that put in the portacath) in several years, and has made the decision that he doesn't want any additional intervention or treatment, nor additional diagnosis as to his status, but refuses relinquish his care to a hospice program...I'm limited as to the resources I have. The Cardiologist, which is currently the only doctor he sees on a yearly basis, has not been helpful in giving me any opinions relative to a determination if I can just leave the portacath in place with no maintenance (flushing) given there is no intention of ever using it again.
I know as a caregiver I should be insisting that he see someone, but I don't have the heart to make him go though anymore than he already has. I just want to make him comfortable and know that this will do no harm.
Thank you again,