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Unread 10-26-2000, 08:12 PM
Scared to death of I.V's. Having surgery on 11-29-00

I am having surgery on 11-29. I have a hard time with iv's in the past. Can I request a shot of lidocane before they put the iv in. I had that done once when they removed a dermoid cyst from my left ovary. I'm worried that the hospital I'm going into will say they don't use lidocane. Can I insist that they do? And is there a way to find out in advance if they use lidocane. I know I sound like a baby but I REALLY HATE IV's

Thanks for any advise.

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Unread 10-26-2000, 10:27 PM
Scared to death of I.V's. Having surgery on 11-29-00

Hi Mary,
I know how you feel about those IV's. My dad had a horrible time witth them. I really don't know about the medication part of it, but I would call the hospital and explain the situation and just plainly ask them if that hospital uses that med. Or you doctor should also know. I was telling another hystersister that my dad's veins used to move as soon as they would go for them,they tried putting the heating pad on for a half an hour and when that didn't work, they called someone down from the chemotherapy ward, because cancer patients vein often get much smaller because of the chemo, so the doctors and nurses from that floor have a lot of practice. Maybe you can request a chemo nurse or doctor if your medicine is not available in that hospital. I hope everything works out for you.
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Unread 10-27-2000, 03:37 AM

Hi Mary,
I know how your feeling about the IV thing. I hate IV's they scare me and they hurt. But I would talk to the anestheologist. The last two surgerys I have had they have given me a shot to numb the area where they put the IV in and I never felt a thing.
Hope all goes well
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Unread 10-27-2000, 08:21 AM
Scared to death of I.V's. Having surgery on 11-29-00

Hi Mary, I went to pre-op earlier in the week, and I found that they will address any of your fears..Tell them up front what your concerns are, and what has or hasn't worked for you in the past. They want you to feel as comfortable and as at ease as they possibly can. And don't be afraid to see if you can have what has worked best for you before! I asked some pretty odd questions and never once felt that they were avoiding answering them for me. I felt much better once I came out of pre-op and asked the questions that I worried about so much! So ask, until you find out what you need/ want to know!! Hang in there!!
Unread 10-27-2000, 09:53 PM
Scared to death of I.V's. Having surgery on 11-29-00

i understand how you feel about having an iv. my surgery is scheduled for the 1st of november.

about two months ago i had one done for a kidney stone. at that time, i was in so much pain i REALLY DID NOT CARE. (they got it in on the third try)

now, i dread it. they never seem to get it to work for me on the first try. but the thing that bothers me most now, is going under.

i haven't seen this concern on the boards. i wonder if i'm being silly, but i really am scared this time. i've been under twice before with two dnc's. i wonder why i'm so scared this time??

Unread 10-27-2000, 10:09 PM
To Mary and PlumPooped,

Generally speaking, I've never heard of anyone who DOES feel okay with IV's... Just a quick story and then I'll make you feel better - I had an emergency caesarean on 12/11 last year. I have a wonderful baby boy to show for it, but the IV people and nurses at the hospital were just plain evil. The IV man inserted the largest gauge needles possible because I had eaten before I came to the hospital, and in the event that I started to vomit and choke under the epidural, they had to have plenty of room in the IV's to put me out for the surgery. Tell me please, if medicine is going in an IV, how much faster can it go through a big needle than a small one?? It's still going into your little tiny veins...Good lord!! ANyway, I made it through the surgery, and on the bright side of hyster, I won't be having any more emergency deliveries. NOW, to make you feel better - There is a private hospital in Dallas, TX, where I go for my many female-related surgeries which are non-emergency, and the anesthesia staff there is sooooo wonderful, last time I was there I told the guy I would marry him if I weren't married already! They always give me a shot of phenergan (to avoid post-op nausea) and these people are so good, I have literally never even felt the IV needle go into my arm. Seriously, and they don't numb it first. But I do agree with the other ladies that if you're not comfortable, please ask at your pre-op for either lydocaine or xylocaine to numb your arm. Now, to answer PlumPooped's question about not seeing the "fear of going under" on this message board, if you'll go back a few days on the threads, there are several on that topic between 10/19 and 10/23. Thanks for reading my rambling reply, and I hope it helps you some.
Unread 10-27-2000, 10:30 PM
Scared to death of I.V's. Having surgery on 11-29-00

Hi There,

I've been under general anesthetic 3 times in my life for surgery, and every time they numbed my arm first before trying to stick me. I never felt a thing!

However, hearing all the bad rap that IV's get was making me nervous before surgery, so I checked with my GYN about it at the pre-op appointment. He said that the hospital I was going to usually numbs the IV site before trying to put the IV in, but that if I was worried, all I would have to do is request it.

I called the anesthesiologist department at the hospital about a week before to confirm this, and they said they always numb IV sites first, so I felt better. Sure enough they did & all was well. Call & ask if you are nervous. It will put your mind at ease.

Best WIshes,
Unread 10-28-2000, 12:33 PM
Thanks for the information

Thank you for the information. I nerver thought about calling the anesithesology dept. I'm going to do that on Monday. My dad was in the same hospital a few years ago but I can't remember if they numbed him up or not. I'm in Pittsburgh and I'm going into Allegheny General Hospital. It's a good hospital, but you never know what kind of nurse you are going to get. Thanks again

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