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LuvChai

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Went to have my monthly infusion (have been going for almost a year) without a single problem getting an IV started. Not so this time, took 3 nurses, and 6 pokes, with a lot of twisting around... ouch! The nurses kept saying my skin seemed hard, which I thought weird, as this has never happened before. Now I'm nervous about my next appointment, and am wondering anyone has any advice to make it easier on me!
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over time with repeated cannulations it is pretty usual to start having problems getting iv's started. I used to have amazing veins, really easy to hit, now they are impossible and even having a blood test is an epic procedure. Nothing much can be done about it really, veins aren't designed to take all the abuse we give them. Good luck with your next infusion
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They do have these things called vein finders that range anywhere from $24 and up to a couple hundred.   Some offices have them.  You can ask them or maybe purchase your own and take it with you. 

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I am having the hard vein issues. I got a port put in at the beginning because my veins were never very good but now it is not functioning properly and cannot draw blood. This means that I am now being stuck multiple times in my veins and they are becoming harder and harder to get in one shot. It sucks but I have gotten used to it. They could try a different vein but in time, with consistent use, they may become hard.
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Yikes! Thar sounds painful and scary... Again, it's good to know I'm not alone, but so sorry for all the things we all seem to go through. They (the nurses) kept talking about my skin though, not the veins. Although maybe that's what they were referring to? I was too freaked out, as well as trying to be a "good" patient and not complain. Thank you all for listening!
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It is scary. It could have something to do with your skin but I have heard them make similar comments about veins. I always want to be a "good" patient so I tend to take it all in stride. I also let them choose which vein they want to use just to make it easier on them. 

We should really talk about the "good" patient thing because that can be so difficult to do. I never want to seem like a bad patient given the nurse a harder time than usual but sometimes it is necessary. My nurses are good usually in the clinic but when I am hospitalized sometimes I do not get the best of nurses.
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Luvchai
I notice my veins are very hard not my skin and I guess from having IV meds for 18yrs plus all my trips to the E R for blood transfusions it can be very painful at times but we still have to continue.

One thing I can say to you is to drink lots of water before IV

Good luck to you
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They always seem to have a hard time getting a vein on me. Had to have a surgery cancelled once because they couldn't get an IV started after 15 different tries including my neck and both feet. This was all before I found out that I had lupus. I have had some tattoos done and one artist said that I had "crocodile skin". He said that it is very tough skin that can make getting needles through and can make getting tattoos more difficult.
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