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        01-14-2009, 08:09 PM
      #11
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    I'll say a prayer that your test results are nothing to fret over.
    I've had that happen with IV's too, they always end up putting them somewhere in my hand (ouch)
    Take care of yourself and try not to worry about the results.
         
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        01-14-2009, 08:11 PM
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    I'm with Joshie on the 2 strikes you're out. I was a HUGE P.I.T.A. When I was in the hospital last. The nurse struck out in the crook of my elbow and then went for the base of my thumb, like your's. She missed, I told her that she missed and she didn't believe me. She walked out of the room and I pushed the buzzer. My arm was swelling from the IV running wild inside me. She pulled it out and then I made them get someone else. I lucked out and got a hottie ER guy nurse!!!! He got me first stick.

    I'm sorry you're having to go through all this. I'll keep my fingers crossed for happy results and a healthy JDI!!!
         
        01-14-2009, 08:26 PM
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    Thanks, everyone. Kelly (CDT, formerly M2G) is an EMT, she said there's something up if the results came in this quickly... just hope they're not bad. Blah.

    Thanks for the help and kind words, I really appreciate it!
         
        01-14-2009, 09:37 PM
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    Originally Posted by JustDressageIt    
    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... :(
    Awww sweety sorry you had such an unpleasant experience. Those lines can be hard to get at times
    Have had many CTs done for various injuries etc etc. The last one I had was after the car wreck I was in a few years ago. Had a couple IV's along with half a dozen other machines, tubing *cough*.

    You hung in there and did a good job. The worst is over *HUGS* keep us posted on what comes up, ok? sending some droolee Cobalt kisses your way.
         
        01-14-2009, 10:47 PM
      #15
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    Or poor JDI... I totally agree that 2 tries is it though.. I enforced that when my son had a scan (don't remember now if it was CT or MRI); nurse was trying to put an adult size needle into a 7 year old and it wasn't going to happen. After 2 tries I said "no more". They weren't too happy, but I got another nurse who did it first try. Everyone has to learn, but enough is enough. If the patient is crying and doesn't need to be, it's over for me.

    Hope your results come out OK. Pulling for you, girl!
         
        01-15-2009, 12:35 AM
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    Originally Posted by JustDressageIt    
    Thanks, everyone. Kelly (CDT, formerly M2G) is an EMT, she said there's something up if the results came in this quickly... just hope they're not bad. Blah.

    Thanks for the help and kind words, I really appreciate it!
    Ours here are all digital and they come back very quickly.

    I almost had a CT today. That was, until I reminded them I'm allergic to the IV contrast. It's not fun to be sick and I hope you feel better quickly and get answers.
         
        01-15-2009, 12:41 AM
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    It's difficult to know. Here once you do a test like that you normally never hear about the results unless something unusual comes up. Knowing the test was done this week and the results are already up, to me would mean something did come up.
    Now this issue has also been ongoing for quite some time so it's also a possibility that your doc knows you have been waiting patiently for some answers in which case he would call you in right away.

    Having worked for our health region, I only go by, by what I have seen and the way things work here. I am no doctor.
    All the best of luck and keep us posted. Sending all happy vibes your way madame
         
        01-15-2009, 01:11 AM
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    Green Broke
    That stinks. Someone needs to find a full proof way to find a vein. That would solve all of our problems. Hopefully your tests aren't too much to fret over. Hang in there!
         
        01-15-2009, 05:32 PM
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    So I got my CT scan results today... they didn't find anything worrysome... possibly a small cyst on my Kidney and they found a spot on my lung (eek - but the doctor said it's nothing to worry about.) The cyst I had in November is gone.
    The Doc did some more tests, and it's probably a nerve thing. He prescribed some better pain meds (ones that hopefully won't make me sick!) and some massage therapy to loosen the muscles around the area.
    He's put in a referral to a gynecologist, and I might have to go in for a laproscope (sp?) to find out if there are any affected structures.... but it might just be a chronic pain that I have to deal with - yippee.... pain that Advil doesn't even take care of.. yay.

    Anyways, so the CT came back fairly normal, but we still have no idea where the pain is coming from. *sigh*
         
        01-15-2009, 05:58 PM
      #20
    Trained
    Wow... What a rollercoaster... *YEAH* for no big whomping bad cyst...... *Boo* more tests...

    (((Hugs))) hang in there!!!
         

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