~Neat little device for hard to find veins

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Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 7/22/2010 6:36 PM (GMT -6)   
    An article for this popped up on my MSN Health page today. Thought I would share with all of you. Rather neat use of technology.
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   Posted 7/22/2010 8:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow! This is very neat! Thanks for sharing!

People always have a hard time finding my veins because they are very small and very deep (once a nurse affectionately called me "Captain Skinny Veins"). For the surgeries I just had, it took them 6 attempts to get an IV started at the first surgery, and 4 at the second. Once I had to have an IV started in a vein in my thumb, because that was the only one that they could hit! Sometimes I think that I would be better at doing it myself, because I know where all my veins are!


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   Posted 7/22/2010 8:18 PM (GMT -6)   
That is neat. I have a very easy to find vein in my left arm-it sticks right out you can see and feel it no problem. On the other hand no one has ever been able to find the one on my right arm.

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   Posted 7/22/2010 11:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh skeye, I can soooooo appreciate what you're saying. My veins are so tiny, plus they are covered in scar tissue from previous attempts. They have a tendency to either collapse or roll if you're lucky enough to get a needle into the vein. It averages 5 attempts before a good one, and the nurses now know they have to write "do not remove" on it unless it becomes infected (our hospitals have a policy that an IV has to be changed every three days).

I think the worst for me was when I was scheduled to have surgery on my bladder. I was told to arrive at the hospital in the early afternoon, but not to have anything to eat or drink after midnight. Because of problems getting an IV started in the past, I was actually IN the OR, while the anesthetist was trying to get the IV started. Well, naturally my teeny veins decided to become extra stubborn after becoming dehydrated from waiting so long. This doctor tried for almost an hour to get the IV inserted - they even tried to run a central line through a vein in the groin, but my veins were sooooo collapsed from everything, it was just impossible to get anything happening.

The doctor cancelled the surgery and I was sent to recovery for an hour to make sure there were no bleeding problems from the incisions in the groin. They allowed me to use the portable phone and I had to call Ray to come pick me up asap, as the surgery wasn't happening. I was so upset by this whole thing...but I managed not to cry until Ray showed up...he started walking me out of the ward and down the corridor when I suddenly just burst into tears and started sobbing right there about everything....the pain, the frustrations, the disappointments...everything just sorta hit me at once. Ray got me home, sat me on the couch, got me a glass of wine, and then sat down beside me - and opened his arms wide so I could be enveloped in his hug . Oh, I cried. Everything I've held in for the last 5-10 years came flowing out like the Niagara Falls. That's the way I think God loves us...arms wide open, and ready to wrap us up in His love.

I'm sorry - I didn't mean to hijack this thread. What I wanted to say was that I love how technology keeps improving to make things better. Personally, I just want one single pill that you take in the morning, that tastes like your favourite fresh picked fruit and that piece of fruit contains everything you need to be healthy and happy. What I have learned about technology is that there's always a newer/better/bigger model out there than the one you just got. When you buy, buy with your gut once your mind has decided...just do it. The longer you wait, the higher the risk you'll experience.

Conditions: Fibromyalgia, Severe Myofascial Pain, Chronic Pelvic Pain (with permanent muscle damage), Femoroacetabular Impingement (CAM and Pincer), Reynauds, IBS, Surgical Adhesions, Ophthalmic Migraines, Severe Hot Flashes (both Surgical Menopause and medication related), plus physically unable to vomit due to the Nissen, and I have extremely tiny veins with a lot of scar tissue...a joy when it comes to having to give blood or get an IV started

Surgeries: Appendix, Uterus, Nissen Fundoplication for GERD, Left Ovary, Gallbladder, Right Ovary, TVT

Medications: Oxycontin, Cesamet, Tramacet, Cymbalta, Flexeril and Clonidine plus Laxaday, Vitamin D and a Multi-Vitamin daily

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