I was with a haematology patient on my last night shift and simply had to write this. Sometimes I get access on people and almost want to jump up and down and scream yay! when I get their line in because they really are difficult. This man, throughout his lifetime, has had Hodgkins' disease, Myelodysplasic syndrome, 2 bone marrow transplants, and is currently being treated for Non-Hodgkins lymphoma and has GVHD. He has a port-o-cath, but needs peripheral access x 2 and bloods for cultures, ugh! So, I access the port, one down. This man rightfully, is trying to tell me as pleasantly as he can, that I have no chance. After telling me all the usual stories, I ask him specifically what people say when they miss and take this on board. Just as I am getting ready he tells me, that the "ANAESTHETIST had five attempts last time, and he would do it more often than you". Oh crap I think, but tell him that I put in about 15 per shift. I'm still pretty confident about the one I am feeling on his right arm. In it goes, as well as one on the left. Even when they were in he wasn't convinced that they were working or that it was all over, had the gall to tell me I was lucky. To which I said "EXCUSE ME?" He giggled and said "no, no all skill, all skill...." I wore the vampire hat for the rest of the shift.