For the first episode of this drama go here=> En route to hospital
If you are at the mercy of a nurse and you hear “shit” do not look…i repeat DO NOT LOOK!
So when I went for first needle I had to give blood for creatinine I showed them my strongest vein and clearly told them I have tricky veins they are very thin and they hurt so take your time.
That went ok.
Second was to inject contrast (dye) for CT scan.
So for this new one I told them about my veins again and told them my only functional vein was punctured just half an hour back.
The nurse tried to look for veins and concluded she will have to prick the same vein again. I said ok.. maybe that’s how it’s supposed to be done.
I wasn’t looking. I felt the prick and then I heard “shit”
I had a mini heart attack!
Do not look..do not look..
I kept telling myself and tried to stay calm.
I felt she was sort of struggling with needle and she clearly looked worried.
For a moment I was hoping the needle hadn’t Broken..and thank God it didn’t.
Then I asked as calm as I could, “what happened”
She almost murmured something I could only hear “vein.. and rupture” and a lot of “sorry”.
Ok now here is the thing. In situations like this you need to stay calm because she looked so worried if I freaked out it could go worse.
I am grateful she was honest.
And I know it’s my veins, not her fault.
I told her it’s ok and talked a little about checking other veins..she tried for some more time then she moved to other arm. I didn’t look at my arm throughout.
Then I heard another “shit”
2 shits a day..at a hospital..
I was having horrible panic attack but it could go worse so was really trying to stay collected.
I again heard the word “ruptured”
Honestly it was hard to join words at that point. I was having full blown panic attack but I was already at a hospital bed so I was safe.
The girl was nice. I kept telling her it wasn’t her fault because I know it wasn’t!
Thing like that do happen to me.
To ease her down I told her a few of my experiences.
She was honest and was feeling bad that I was in pain.
I was feeling bad for both of us.
Well.. it was difficult half and hour..
Came back did icing as suggested (and reminded again and again by my lovely new blog friend https://wanderingformoney.com )
Moral of the story .. when you need to get an IV/injection/give blood and all..anything where needles are involved, drink plenty of water. Stay hydrated. I was dehydrated too.
Then tell them beforehand if you know anything about your veins. It helps a lot trust me.
And if you feel something is going wrong stay alert and try to stay calm. Think. Don’t panic.
That’s all folks!
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