Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
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My CT scan experience...
A few of you have already heard this one.. but I thought I'd share... haha
Little quick note - I am terrified of needles, but with all my blood tests recently I've been getting better at the whole thing.
Anyways, on to my CT scan.. let's just say that everything that could have gone wrong, short of an allergic reaction and/or the machine blowing up, did.
I had to be there 2 hours in advance to drink 2 liters of iodine and water over a 2 hour period. That stuff is nasty. Ugh. Anyways, that was pleasant compared to what came.
They called me up at 3:30 to get my IV put in... so I lay down on the bed and some nervous-looking nurse comes up, and tries to get a vein up.
She dug around in the crook of my elbow for a few minutes (felt like hours!!) and then came back out, she couldn't find a vein.
Know that part about being terrified of needles? IV needles are bigger than most... and so they hurt when put in. Add digging around, and you've got a teary-eyed JDI on your hands!
Anyways, she tried the other arm.. didn't work.
The back of my left hand... didn't work.
They finally went in through near the base of my right thumb - before the nurse started, she said "now, I know the other areas aren't pleasant, but this is the most painful, so hang on." Oh man, was it ever... yuppers! She wasn't lying. But she got a vein and that was over. They took well over a half hour to find a vein.
So the worst was over... or so I thought...
The first CT went fine.. then the nurse went to inject dye into my IV... and FORGOT to unlock my IV!! So all the dye is held back... like when you crimp a hose - then when you release that pressure it shoots out with a really great force... yeah, it did that into my vein. I was bawling at this point (think of something being forced into your veins.. you get the picture... it HURT) but the rest of the CT went smoothly.
They had to keep me after to make sure I was okay to leave.
Well, my arms are so bruised today that wearing long-sleeved shirts hurt!! I can run my finger up the vein that was shot into and can feel it bruised from my wrist (where they injected) to my elbow.
So.. not a pleasant experience.
Anyone else had a CT? Was it a painful experience? I really hope I don't have to go back... :(
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