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Unread 01-03-2002, 08:18 PM

Oooooh.... Those sound like great ideas too! I'll ask for it in my left hand this time. They always put it in my right arm(never knew I had a choice). Dot, that butterfly deal sounds great! I'm making my list as I I like the idea of the backup needle! Anything they can put in while I'm asleep is okily dokily with me.

Thanks again ladies!
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Unread 01-03-2002, 09:07 PM
This may be a dumb question, but.....

Hi, Julie.
I have had three surgeries with the IV in my top left hand. My veins are small as well and I had to have the IV resituated on two occasions. However, I was introduced to something new on my third surgery! They numbed me with novocain (if that is how you spell it) then put the IV in! I was so impressed. That really helped take that anxiety away because nurses always have problems with my veins. I am going to request that when I go see my anesthesiologist for pre-op.

P.S. It has happened to me several times where I have told my nurses that others have had problems with my veins and they were convinced that they were the ones who could master it...NOT! Those experiences have always left me an unhappy camper!
Unread 01-03-2002, 11:39 PM
This may be a dumb question, but.....

Hello Julie
I have had quite a few surgeries, and I still hate getting an IV put in.
They put mine on the back of my left hand before surgery, then when I came out of surgery I had another IV on the back of my right hand, they told me the extra IV was because they thought they were going to have to give me a blood transfusion, because I lost so much more blood than normal. Luckly though it slowed down before I had to have the transfusion.
And the only dumb question is the one you don't ask.
Take Care
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Unread 01-03-2002, 11:58 PM

IV's. Well I had mine put in the back of my left hand. I can honestly say that it did not hurt at all going in, and seemd fine. I had mine in for the first 2 days and it was ok. The cath is a good thing on day 1 as it is nice not to have to get up just to pee especially if you are feeling as sleepy as I was. Hugs Vicki
Unread 01-04-2002, 12:06 AM
This may be a dumb question, but.....

I requested that my IV be put in my left forearm (right above the wrist) when the nurse started to put it in my hand. When I worked L&D, this is where we all started them so that it's less likely to kink because it's not at a bendable area and cause that horrible beeping sound. Also, it makes washing the hands a little easier.

That cream others mentioned takes about 20 minutes or more to numb the area, but can be used. Personally, I prefer the novocane because it's quicker and can be given at the site with a tiny little needle that doesn't hurt much if at all.
Unread 01-04-2002, 03:56 AM
This may be a dumb question, but.....

The cream is called EMLA I think and it is pretty good. Novacaine is better, but it is another shot. I would recomend that you speak up before the nurses and techs start doing everything and tell them what your problems have been and run through the suggestions here.
Unread 01-06-2002, 09:18 PM
This may be a dumb question, but.....

I'm another one who has troubling veins....I've learned to ask that the anesthesiologist do it. They are able to go into major veins/arteries that the nurses aren't allowed to use.
Unread 01-07-2002, 12:00 AM

Hey they can hardly run out of veins .I went in last month for a liver biopsy and got a raging infection in my vein they started the iv in the left hand. Now I have a clotted vein(can't be used at all) from my fingers to my elbow.(don't worry that hardly ever happens I am told)....I am sure they will find somewhere else to stick me, but I was worried also. Your largest vein are in the crook of your elbow and the top of your hands but they are everywhere on your body...Hope that helps.
Unread 01-07-2002, 09:31 AM

I will be having surgery Wed, Jan 9th. When I went for my pre-adm testing, they mentioned that they would numb the area where the IV would be started, but they didn't tell me how. Do you have another IV for the morphine pump or is it all in one IV?
When I had back surgery in '99 and was in the hospital for 2 weeks, I would have to have my IV area changed and that wasn't that bad. Really not as bad as some of the people that took blood. Seems like they took blood about every other day and I guess my veins were hard to find then. Because since then when I went for my yearly MRI for my back, I have to have one with contract and the guy that put the dye in my vein said "oh we like these kind of veins" and also when I went for the ct scan checking about the gallstones, I had dye and another guy said the same thing. When I had the back surgery I was supposed to have a morphine pumb, but didn't. They just gave me pain pills. So I was just wondering if that was a separate IV?

Unread 01-07-2002, 11:26 AM

This is my first time posting. I had a LAVH done on 12/27 and like you, was afraid of the IV and catheter. Everyone (that hadn't had surgery) kept telling me it wasn't a big deal but to me it was. Honestly, it wasn't that bad. They gave me a shot of Novacaine which I could barely feel and they put the catheter in after I was asleep. It was wonderful!! I hesitate to drink alot of water because I have to use the bathroom every 5 minutes. I could not feel the catheter at all and stayed in bed from the time I got out of surgery until the next morning around 9 when they took the catheter out. I drank tons of water and the nurses and doc was so happy and quit measuring and writing down how much I voided since it was alot. I also was able to get the IV out right after that since I drank so much. It would have been awful if I had to get up to use the bathroom during the night. Once I got the catheter out and IV out, I was up and moving around and I had to use the bathroom so much it was ridiculous. Hang in there, it really isn't that bad.

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