Theresa’s comment here http://community.mssociety.org.uk/comment/301962#comment-301962 made me giggle, because I could most definitely enter a contest for the most bits of taped on cotton wool!
Those of us with shy/recalcitrant veins, let’s share our tales!
Ooh, what’s the prize for the most puncture holes? A nice lie down, I’ll bet! lol.
The last time I got blood drawn, after trying the vein that tends to be the most compliant first, which is the one in the centre of my right elbow (brachial, I think?) and having no luck, she tried one in my upper arm over my bicep. First time anyone’s done that, worked like a charm, insertion hurt less than usual, too.
Shame that’s not likely to be a viable option when I have the Lemtrada infusions, is it. I’m assuming not, unless I’m supine for the whole 4 hours, and that’s not really realistic. Every time I got up to go to the ladies I’d be constantly getting, “bing bing bong, oclussion below pump”, from the IV. I don’t want to have to be laid down anyway.
I try very hard to remember to sip water once I’m in the car on the way to the hospital, and keep sipping once I’m there. Apart from after Christmas when the schedules were all messed up and I went in on a different day, so had a different (and woefully less skilled) nurse(4 failed attempts with her), that definitely has helped for me . Often only needed 1 attempt to cannulate, never more than 2.Which is lucky for me, because after attempt 3 my body tends to lose patience and make me start feeling very faint and sick!
Has anyone else found any good tricks that work?