Hi Chart, I can empathize with you and the nurses that were trying to make the stick, I know allot of the cancer patients I took care of, some were just impossible to start an IV on. I am just wondering how often do you have to have this done? If it is really often it it possible that a Central line might be in order? Also we use to heat up damp towels in the Microwave and then wrap a patients arm or hand with it, to get the veins to stand out more. I am sorry that you had to go through getting stuck so many times!
I hope your hand is feeling better, take care my friend!
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