trouble finding veins
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|Mon, 10-10-2011 - 2:32pm|
Anyone else have trouble with veins? I need tips on how to get my veins to pop out. Everytime I go in for bloodwork, it's a bad experience. It's been like that my whole life. The veins are just so tiny, and they quit before enough blood is drawn. It gets worse each year. I currently don't have an accessible IV spot, so labor sounds frightening, even though it's 7 1/2 months away! The labworkers are telling my right now that they won't be able to put in an IV if things don't improve, but also that my doctor wouldn't approve of labor with no IV, so they'd still be obligated to poke around the whole time during labor. I have lots of scars from various blooddraws and veins over the years gone badly. Lol, it's a good thing I'm not scared of needles!
Here's how I handle it... any other ideas?
I drink lots of water before I go in to help plump up my veins. I let the labworker know that I have difficult veins. I usually smile and say the worker can try, or else they can call in somebody else (usually they're honest and don't try if they aren't good). I know the names of two workers that will put up with me, and the shifts that they work, so I only go in at those times. I ask for them if they are available. I point out the spots that have been good in the past. They try in my elbow for awhile and usually have to switch to my hand. They only use butterfly (baby) needles on me and tighten the turniquette extra.
I had bloodwork today and I go back on Wednesday for more. My hand is swollen and bruised from today, so I know