From the time I checked in here late Saturday night until late last night, my IV caused lots of problems. The slightest motion in my left arm where the IV needle was planted right in the crook of my elbow would cause the IV machine to shut down and start beeping.
It hurt, too.
A young woman came in to put in a new IV. She found what she thought was a perfect vein in my left forearm and went after it. It hurt more than it normally does when they do this kind of thing. She thought she had it for a moment but then somehow she lost it.
So she gave up and I just kept beeping - although, for some unknown reason, not as frequently as before. Then, in the late evening as I took a walk in the hallway with Margie, the IV attachment started to leak.
I was getting my antibiotics through my IV. I needed it to work.
So nurse TJ came in with a student (top photo). She assured me she had put in thousands of IV's and they would get this one. She found what she described as an excellent vein on my inner left forearm. She had the student apply the tourniquet and they did the rubbing, scrubbing and thumping they always do for these kind of things.
Then the student went to work, sticking me painfully a few times but with no success. Then she went to do it, but before she could poke, she said my vein disappeared altogether. "The power of the brain," she explained.
She found it again and went after it with the needle, but it kept rolling away from her. She said it was like she was chasing my vein around my arm. Finally, she caught it. She inserted the IV needle, thought she had it and then it "popped." I am not certain what that means, but once a vein pops on an IV needle, that's it for that IV attempt. It will not take that needle back.
She tried again in two more places on both forearms with pretty much the same result. So they gave up, did some repair work on the leaking IV and got it to work again - for about two hours. Then it failed altogether.
Now they brought in Kathy - an upper-middle-aged lady who usually works as a pediatrics nurse and who has put many IV's into small children. Kathy studied the situation, ignored the advice of another nurse to go for a certain vein in my right forearm and went for the top
of my right hand. I kind of expected to get poked again and again, but she got it instantly (bottom pic) with no pain at all. I got back on my antibiotics. I slept reasonably well during the night and it did not cause the IV machine to beep even once.