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Unread 03-01-2012, 04:18 PM
Anxious about IV

5 days before I go to the castle and I am so nervous and anxious about getting my IV!!! They always seem to have a hard time getting one in my hand, and several times have had to put it into my arm; which I would rather them do.

The last time I had an IV for surgery, they tried the back of both hands (so painful) and when the nurse left the room to go and get someone else to try, I just burst into tears. But a new nurse came in and when I told her about having it in the arm before, she tried and got it the first time. And then they taped it REALLY well so that it would not come out!

Do you ladies think they might would just go ahead and put into my arm to start with? What have been your experiences? I am definitely going to talk to my doctor this Monday during pre-op and see what he says.

Thanks in advance!
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Unread 03-01-2012, 04:30 PM
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They call me a hard stick...something you really don't want to hear from a nurse right before they poke you for an IV. I had a massive panic attack and fainted when they attempted my IV stick before all three of my c-sections. So, I totally get where you're coming from.

Something an RN told me that I was unaware of is that anxiety causes your veins to shrink, making it harder to get an IV in. So, try to relax and not be so anxious and also be sure to hydrate very well the day before and it will make it much easier for them to put your IV in. I like to distract myself with a picture of my kids.
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Unread 03-01-2012, 04:47 PM
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I am also a hard stick and have ended up with IVs in my arm after several unsuccessful hand pokes.

Definitely tell them right up front that you are a hard stick. They can then decide if using your arm would be better (not an ideal site because of needing to bend your arm), if there is someone (a phlebotomist maybe) around who might be better at putting in a difficult IV, and/or they can use the smallest needle available.

Being dehydrated can make things worse, so be sure to push the fluids up until your cut off time. If you are cold it can also make it tougher, so ask for a warm blanket to warm up if you are chilled in pre op.

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Unread 03-01-2012, 05:16 PM
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I can so relate to your fears/anxiety. My surgery was last Wednesday and I was so anxious about that. The last procedure I had in 2009 a laparoscopic and d & c for endo they couldn't't stick my hand which is there preference, and they wound up sticking my arm.

This time I just told them from the beginning with both the pre lab work and the IV set and they both were successful the first time. I did try to hydrate well beforehand, don't know if that helped but it certainly couldn't hurt.j
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Unread 03-01-2012, 05:29 PM
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Oh I totally understand where your coming from. This is what they do for me ( I'm petrified of needles). First off tell them your needle phobic. In my hospital their is just on person that does IV's so she has lots of practice. Or ask for IV specialist. I always have mine put by my wrist the vain that's at the end of your thumb if that makes sense. She first wrapped my arm in a warm blanket to prim my vain then gave me a shot to num the area very small needle just a slight pinch the she put the IV in never felt any thing but the tiny little sting to numb the area. Good luck on your surgery
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Unread 03-01-2012, 05:30 PM
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I wen't in on the 3rd of February to have a thermal ablation (that did not deploy). They warmed and put the IV in my arm. I honestly never heard of that, I assumed always your hand. The movement was so much easier from my prior 3 c-sections. She even asked which arm I wanted it in.

With a sweet voice, I would just say please can we put this in my arm (if not offered).
Blessings,
J
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Unread 03-01-2012, 09:22 PM
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In the months prior to my DvH I had several blood draws and blood transfusions. I've been a somewhat "difficult stick" to different technicians, but most went smoothly.

However, when it came to my DvH, they were having trouble getting the IV in. The nurse told me that the needle for surgery is larger than a regular IV needle since they may need to be able to get fluids into you more quickly.

Since they were having trouble, one nurse suggested putting in a smaller needle while I was awake to allow the sedative to be put in and then they would put in the normal IV with the larger needle while I was asleep. It worked brilliantly! I didn't feel a thing. :0)

If they're having trouble with your IV, you may see if they'll do this for you. Good luck with your surgery!
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Unread 03-01-2012, 11:23 PM
Re: Anxious about IV

Thanks all for the suggestions!! I know it will be fine. Going to speak with my sweet doctor about it, too.

And like some of you, I do prefer the arm. Makes it so much easier and is not as painful to me.
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Unread 03-02-2012, 09:37 AM
Anxious about IV

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5 days before I go to the castle and I am so nervous and anxious about getting my IV!!! They always seem to have a hard time getting one in my hand, and several times have had to put it into my arm; which I would rather them do.

The last time I had an IV for surgery, they tried the back of both hands (so painful) and when the nurse left the room to go and get someone else to try, I just burst into tears. But a new nurse came in and when I told her about having it in the arm before, she tried and got it the first time. And then they taped it REALLY well so that it would not come out!

Do you ladies think they might would just go ahead and put into my arm to start with? What have been your experiences? I am definitely going to talk to my doctor this Monday during pre-op and see what he says.

Thanks in advance!
I understand your anxiety. I've been told I have "thin veins" (the one part of my body I wish we're NOT thin, haha) and usually end up with both my hands being completely bruised before finally getting the IV in my arm. Even that's not a picnic for me.
I agree with the others who have recommended getting as hydrated as possible beforehand, and also be sure to tell the nurse about your prior experiences.
For probably a combination of reasons, I ended up having absolutely no difficulty with the IV this time, and I hope the same for you!
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Unread 03-02-2012, 02:39 PM
Re: Anxious about IV

Echoing the others' comments, make sure you're as well-hydrated as you can be beforehand. It's right in the little brochure you get when you donate blood, drinking lots of water helps plump up your veins. Politely letting them know ahead of time that you're a tough stick and that it works best in your arm is definitely the way to go - they always seem to appreciate that when I request it (notoriously stubborn veins here) and nobody's insisted on trying the hand first. It also saves them the time & effort of sticking you over and over and then ending up in your arm anyway. And they really don't want to hurt you.
I'm not afraid of the surgery (TAH/BSO), being cut wide open, complications, recovery - any of that - I'm afraid of the IV needle going in. I hope it helps a little to know you're not alone in the needlephobia department. I always feel embarassed or that I'm such a wimp, when I start sweating and tensing up and having trouble breathing... but then I remember it'll be over soon, and it'll come out soon.
Now if only they could do something about all that tape when they take it out!
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