On my walk around the hallways, making yet one more of the tiny laps I make around here all day, I rounded a corner and smacked into a small desk/platform that had been lowered down from the wall. Not thinking anything about it I kept walking down the hallway and started talking to one of my nurses when all of a sudden i felt something dripping on my foot. I looked at one of my med lines and sure enough, there it was, cut clean through! Thinking it was the fluids I reached out and said “Hey, my fluid line broke,” only then to see that I was holding the severed chemo line… as it dumped all over my hands.
It was pandelerium!
Haha. Apparently chemo isn’t something you just mess around with. I mean, these nurses had to shut down the hallway and practically put on Hazmat suits before they could do anything. I talked to one of the nurses who has been on the floor for a year. They have never had a spill. And this spill was classified as “Large” because I walked it all the way down the hall.
Luckily no one was hurt and I took advantage of this time disconnected from my med pole to shower, shave and just get generally put back together. Now I’m just waiting on them to get the new chemo bag brought up from the lab and then I’ll be all hooked up to the ole ball and chain again. Never a dull moment in the NYU cancer ward! Haha.
Here are some photos I snapped of the aftermath of my bumbling around.