by catherine (2832 Posts), Fri Jan 02, 2004 08:45 am
Stand well back people, this is so not for the faint-hearted!!!
I'm short on good veins at the best of times, failing the 1 hour glucose tolerance test always broke my heart because I never had enough veins to go the distance on the three hour..LOL! The first time I did that, they got the final sample from a vein in my ankle!!
Well, I blew up like a balloon when I had preeclampsia. My husband says that I looked like I played for the Redskins or the Patriots. I had no neck, "chin" went all the way down to my shoulders. Sticking me was a nightmare. I don't remember the epidural, I think that went ok but afterwards.... I didn't have any platelets worth a darn for about 6 days so they were always wanting to draw blood to see if they were coming back. I was such a bad stick that they would send two anesthesiology residents (supposed to be the most expert stickers). One guy was indian and the other chinese. I couldn't pronounce either of their names so I just called them "Mutt" and "Jeff" in my mind. No insult intended toward either of them, they were lovely guys. They would sit on either side of my bed and sort of just jab in the needle and feel around for veins. When that was a bust they'd head to my feet!! Most of the time they'd get nothing and they'd be so apologetic. I don't remember it hurting at all, I'd actually go to sleep while they tried. I suspect that I was either drugged to the eyeballs or that I was so swollen my nerve ending just weren't getting the message.
There was one nurse on L&D who had the magic touch, Mickey, who ever you are (I doubt I'd recognize her) Thank you!! When she was on, she'd come in and get it with one try. When it came time to do dialysis I didn't really mind, they stuck a large venous catheter in my neck(jugular vein) and connected me to the machine from there. The side benefit, subsequent blood draws came out of those ports!!!
It took quite a while for the swelling to go down afterwards. I weighed more leaving the hospital than I did arriving! I had to go to the renal clinic every second day for about two weeks. I didn't bring the baby with me until my 6 week pp visit. The nurse and receptionist were stunned to discover that I'd not been pregnant all the way along, they thought I was still pregnant when I first visited.
Now, I'm totally blase about blood draws, you can have as much as you like... need an IV? Go right ahead, I don't care. When Chloe was in the hospital at 5 weeks and had to be on an IV I was right there holding her hand for the nurses. They were stunned that I didn't mind what I was doing. I had really learned the lesson, "no IV access, no progress treating the problem".
DH, Dave (40)
Lucy (2)Preeclampsia & HELLP