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I have a severe allergy to betadine...my skin burns and blisters horribly. My biggest fear is that I will have a repeat of this history:
When I had an epidural during labor the ane. kickedout my coaches, did not notice my allergy note on my wrist band, chart or huge wall sign and spryaed my entire back...when I screammed from the familliar oder "Hey I'm allergic to Betadine!" He shrugged, got a sponge and carelessly wipe me off like I was a table in fast food joint. I had sponge mark blisters and burns where the drips went from my neck to my butt!
With my upcoming TAH... I am so worried about having my vagina swabbed w/ betadine or internal use of the stuff while I'm under...that I'm thinking of taking permant marker and writing all over my belly and thighs NO BETADINE! I even had a nightmare that I had myself tatooed with the message
I can empathize with your fear. I too have some severe allergies and they have been overlooked to my detriment. When you arrive at the castle, start telling everyone you meet (nurse, doctor, volunteer, housekeeper etc......of your allergy. Continue to tell everyone throughout your stay. When someone introduces themself to you, say "it's nice to meet you, I'm allergic to iodine"
I love traceyb's response! I work in a hospital, and we are always asking over and over "are you allergic to anything?" Here's an idea...
Have everyone raise their right hand, before you get put under, and say "I will not put betadine on you, my patient, ever, because you are allergic to it!" Then you can rest easy that everyone knows...that should cut the tension, as well...plus everyone will tell that story around the hospital, & your news will spread like wildfire!
Hope this helps.
(my grandma is very allergic to it as well, makes her skin red, and eyes puff out!)
Anyway, take care fellow Wisconsinite! God's blessings on your surgery! LL
You can also request to have a sign put above your bed and a notice on the outside cover of your chart.Been there done that. It helps. Express your concern to EVERYONE the day of surgery. I totally agree with Tracyb and littlelefty!Great ideas. I used to work in the Castle too! They should give you an allergy bracelet when you get there. Be sure it's on there.
I too am allergic to betadine/iodine and had thought about writing on my arms in marker "NO BETADINE!" I hadn't thought of my abdomen, but I just may do that now. I have had the same of kind of experiences as you have when dealing with medical personnel who don't pay attention to charts and signs, it is extremely frustrating. I do love tracey's and little's ideas though...I can just see me making the surgical staff take an oath just before surgery, lol. Good luck END...I will be praying for you.
I too have a sensitivity (not as severe as you describe) but we relieved to see at the hospital I was at that they don't even use it anymore.
I asked and they said that there were too many people who had a sensitivity and that the cleaning bills were a nightmare (the new stuff doesn't stain) so they don't have to trash the stained items anymore.
If they're still using betadine, be sure, as the above women have mentioned, to tell any and all that are willing to listen.
I had a medical problem that the hospital staff needed to be aware of, and my doctor advised me ahead of time to tell everyone I came in contact with "I have ... medical problem". It helped for the most part.