I am so sorry you have been through this. I was in the hospital two weeks ago for 6 days with my Crohn's, and my veins are shot too. Two years ago, when I was diagnosed, on the 7th day in the hospital, they finally put in a PIC line. That saved my arms. I have to go on Remacade after I get off this flippin Prednisone, so hopefully they will put a port or pic line in me. LET THEM PUT THE PORT! You will not regret it. It is one less pain you will have to inure. I hope you the best, and God Bless!