I've been getting Remicade infusions for over a year. I was due for one this morning.
Last night I had a dream that I had some kind of illness for which the dr. had to give me a needle (which was about the size of half my arm!) in order to administer medication. Consequently, my arm blew up and my veins were all swollen. He administered the med and told me to rest my arm until the swelling subsided. My dream ended with my deciding that it probably wasn't safe to go for a remicade infusion with my arm the way it was and that I should cancel.
Well, when I woke up I was a little freaked out by my dream and thought that maybe it was an omen and that I would have a bad reaction to the remicade today. (I've never had a reaction before) Well, deciding I was being silly, off my husband and I went to my GI's office where a nurse practitioner administers the remicade. (It is done in the office on Saturdays; the only one present is the nurse practitioner.) This was to be the third time I've had it done at this office, since I had switched GI's in Jan.
Since the nurse was a little delayed, he took me and another patient in at the same time and started the prep for the infusion-2 tylenol, blood pressure, temperature, etc. Then he tried to get my intravenous line in. I have very difficult veins, but usually after about two tries, he has success and we go ahead with the infusion. Well today was the exception. With my coaxing, because he really didn't want to stick me more than a few times, he tried 5 times to get a line with no success. It was the first time this has ever happened to him. Consequently, I could not get the infusion done and he called the GI on call who said I would have to have it done at the hospital, which will be a pain in itself.
What do you think? Was my dream trying to get a message across?