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Re: [IP] Re: hospitals & rude people

On getting stuck. Even before becoming a diabetic I had deep and 
rolling veins. I have always had a 3 stick limit for everyone. Most 
hospitals also have IV specialists that you can ask to draw blood 
too. The last time I was in the ER after three people tried I ask for 
the specialist and she got it first time no problem.

Also if you know you are going to be in for a little while for like IV 
drugs etc... You can ask if a PIC line is appropriate. It was 
wonderful when I was in the hospital for a week before my appendix 
surgery. It's placed in the arm and it has a long lead that follows 
the artery to the chest. They take an x-ray right away to ensure 
placement. It hurts slightly more than a regular IV but it can stay in 
for a much longer period of time. Also I had potissuim in the drip 
and I know that can hurt your arm for a week afterwords, but with 
the PIC line I didn't have that problem either. I know that I'll ask if 
it's appropriate any time that I think I'll have the IV in for more than 
2 days.
Gail J Donohue
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