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About that I.V...... About that I.V......

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  #1  
Unread 01-15-2002, 01:48 PM
About that I.V......

I am one of those who gives the nurse advance warning that she has 1 chance to get that I.V. in right the first time or I get to poke her poke for poke....in other words I have very tiny veins I would not make a good junkie...how long did your I.V. have to stay in after surgery???
I cant stand this part of being in the hosp.!!!
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  #2  
Unread 01-15-2002, 02:09 PM
About that I.V......

Hi I only had the IV for one day. They had to change it in the operating room but the next day they took it out. You have to have it if you have the self administered pain meds. Good luck and relax all will be fine
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Unread 01-15-2002, 04:14 PM
About that I.V......

Hi BettyWetty!

Boy, I am with you on this one (wish I woulda come armed with my own poker ) I had 3 attempts in 3 veins before they managed to find the vein and it was very painful. Once in though, it was just mildly uncomfortable. Mine stayed in for 2 days. All the best to you!
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Unread 01-15-2002, 05:20 PM
About that I.V......

Hi, Bettywetty,

I worked as a Pediatric RN for 20 years, and in defense of the nursing profession, I'd just like to assure you that nurses don't enjoy poking you, any more than you enjoy being poked! My patients, tiny preemies on up, had some of the tiniest, most fragile veins around. It's no fun to stick people, but sometimes that IV can be a lifesaver, literally.

I hope your IV can be started on the first try. If not, please believe that the nurse isn't enjoying herself, either. She's not poking you for her own personal enjoyment, but just doing her job. No IV, no surgery. Look at it that way. Keep your pincushions at home, please.

Having said my piece, my IV was removed the evening of my surgery. It had been left in for the PCA pump, which wasn't relieving my pain. I was able to drink, and to keep fluids down. After it was removed, I received toradol, which is a non-narcotic inflammatory, and that did help my pain.

I sincerely hope that your IV start is quick and uneventful, and that your surgery goes smoothly, but if you (God forbid) run into difficulties, that IV could save your life.

Best wishes,
princessh
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Unread 01-15-2002, 05:35 PM
About that I.V......

Hi, again. Sorry, I guess I'm a little sensitive about people calling nurses "Dracula", and telling their children, "If you don't behave, I'll have that nurse come in and stick you with her big needle."

To make the IV start less painful, there's a product called EMLA, which is a local anesthetic cream. When this is applied about an hour ahead of time, it numbs the area, and the IV start will be less painful. You might want to request this, before you are admitted to the hospital. Many people say that it makes IV starts and injections much more tolerable.

If you know that your veins are tiny, also ask to have your hand/arm wrapped in a warm, damp towel, about 15 minutes ahead of time. The warmth helps those little veins "stick out" so they're easier to hit, the first time.

It's also OK to tell your nurse that your veins are small, and previous IV starts have been difficult. Ask to have their best IV starter put your IV in! This won't hurt anybody's feelings, and could save you some unnecessary discomfort.

I hope this helps all of you ladies-in-waiting. Now I'll take some deep breaths, and relax.

Sincerely,
princessh
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Unread 01-15-2002, 05:44 PM
About that I.V......

I am also IV phobic (if you can call it that...)

When I have to have an IV, I ask for the cream patch ahead of time, although I have found that sometimes that doesn't always do the job. Most anesthetists will give you a freezing needle (usually in between the index and middle finger) to totally numb the area if you ask ahead of time. That needle is not bad compared to the IV.

After the hyst, my IV was in for 2 full days/nights since I was on a self-administered pain pump. The IV came out on the morning of Day 3.

Interestingly enough, I have been back at the castle for tests involving sedation on 6 occasions since my hyst a year ago. Only once have I been told that a freezing needle was not an option... then I had to use the cream patch.

Best wishes!!!
  #7  
Unread 01-15-2002, 05:55 PM
About that I.V......

Hi There!

I have great veins - nurses love me!

But that pesky IV was in me for 2 1/2 days
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Unread 01-15-2002, 06:51 PM
About that I.V......

I also have great veins, and it usually doesn't even hurt to have an i.v. started. A friend who is a doctor once told me that being well hydrated helps "plump" up your veins, so maybe that's something to try.

I had one i.v.started before surgery, and they put in two more while I was asleep. One of these, the one in an artery in my left wrist, was taken out during recovery (and a LOT of pressure was required to stop it from bleeding resulting in a huge bruise that lasted quite a while). One of the other two came out after they removed my i.v.fluids (on day 2), but they left the 3rd one in until I was literally ready to walk out the door for my discharge. They told me they like to always have a vein open just in case. Since mine weren't uncomfortable, I didn't mind too much, but it was good to have them all out! I think policies on this really differ from one hospital to another.

Joanie
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Unread 01-15-2002, 06:58 PM
About that I.V......

Hi Betty,

I can understand how you feel. Not MY favourite thing either

I have good veins but TOUGH skin to get through

When I saw the anesthesiologist (Just yesterday) he told me that they would numb me up with novacane (sp?) before attempting to put the IV line in.

As for how long it will be in? Well guess that depends on how you are doing post-op and if you have a PCA.

You are having a TAH correct? You may have your IV in for 2 or 3 day. At least that's what my doc here on the Base said (if she has to switch from a TVH to a TAH).

Hope this helps a bit

Hugs,

Laurie
  #10  
Unread 01-15-2002, 07:06 PM
About that I.V......

....and YES, it is so much more difficult when you're dehydrated. I was told NOTHING to eat OR drink after 10pm the night before my surgery and I did the wonderful 'cocktail for bowel prep' deal- naturally I was a bit dehydrated the next day as they stuck me, so I can imagine how difficult it is when your veins are already not so easy to get to!
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