The hospital I go to for infusions used to have dedicated IV techs who only did IVs and drew blood. The got rid of all of them and now the nurses do their own IVs and blood draws. I never used to have issues. Last infusion it took them 5 tries with 3 different people. :/
That really sucks. These nurses work in an infusion center all day, so I thought would all be really good at it. Maybe I do just have really tiny veins, but some people get it in no problem, so I don't know. I was definitely hydrated. I thought maybe it was because I'm really out of shape and barely work-out anymore but the nurse said that wouldn't matter.
I'm not planning to get a port unless this becomes an ongoing issue (assuming the Remicade even works for me) and my doctor wants me to get one. I don't want something under my skin. And I still don't get why one nurse asked me if I could get Remicade in a shot instead. Why would anyone get an IV infusion then? Because we get a kick out of sitting there for 3 hours (today was 4 with all the poking)? The first nurse also told me I was on a high dose of prednisone. I said I'm only on 15 mg and she said that's high and that organ transplant patients are only given 5 mg?? Is that even true? I thought anything under 10 mg didn't even do anything?
Beachbum - Thank you. That sucks about
your migraines. So the IV meds messed up your veins? Is Remicade going to do that to me, too or no? This younger guy sitting across from me saw what I was going through and said his veins are shot. I don't know what he was in for but he looked even younger than me -- maybe low or mid-20s.
35 years old; diagnosed UC March 2007 (prob. pancolitis; couldn't get scope all the way thru).
9-29-16: chronic and active proctosigmoiditis (infectious cause). Battled reoccuring campylobacter & c diff. Oct-Dec 2016. Remission since Dec. 25, 2016 until I started smoking again May 2018 after 9 yrs quit. Maintenance: Delzicol, 6, 2xday; Rowasa nightly. 15 mg pred. Started Remicade 7/25/19.