Quote from Krissiana
I have a quick question... actually I wanted to get some opinions. Here is some background info: I'm a pre-nursing student and after three colonoscopies in the last two months, they have discovered that I have a mass on the outside of my colon that is partially obstructing my colon. I have a CT scheduled on Wednesday. Now, we have found from the three recent procedures that my veins are terrible! I got stuck no less than 4 times each time they tried to insert IVs, and for two of the procedures they had to call an IV nurse to come do it. I did okay the first two procedures, but ended up in tears when we had the same problem when I went in for the third procedure. I was nervous about what is going on with me and tired of the pain of repeated IV attempts.
My husband told me that when I go for the CT on Wednesday that I should just tell them right away to call an IV nurse and not let them stick me over and over. But I'm afraid that I would sound like a very demanding, whiny patient and that they probably wouldn't call an IV nurse without doing their own attempts first. I don't want to be "demanding," but my gosh, it hurts when they can't get those IVs in me! So what do you think? Should I tell them to call the IV nurse and not let them attempt? Ugh. I hate this! Of course, I'm also now terrified I have cancer. Any one have any ideas what could be growing in my abdomen other than cancer? This waiting is just really hard.
Thanks for any advice!
I know from personal experience how hard waiting for test results can be, but besides it being against the TOS to speculate about your illness, it just might make an already bad situation worse.
I feel for you, because I've been there, done that and have the t-shirt.
I am a 15 year cancer survivor and my veins were and still are terrible. I don't think that you would be demanding if you nicely asked the person to please look and be sure before sticking, and if it's something that isn't right there, to please call the IV team, so that they have something to work with. I'd tell them before the tourniquet is on your arm, like when you arrive for your appointment - because this way they can call and get the appropriate personnel without disrupting the flow of the department. As a nurse who starts at least 10 IVs per day, there are still people where I go to someone who is more experienced, or I'll call the IV team right off the bat. (They really get a little hot under the collar about coming to the ER sometimes, but they will and usually stop being angry at me - the nurse, not with the patient, our IV team is always great to the patients - as soon as they see that we don't want to torture an already sick person with all of us "fishing").
Please feel free to PM me if you are looking for support during this time. The waiting was the hardest part for me.
Take care of yourself,