the nicest vampire nurse came to see me this afternoon….after 4 sticks we finally have successful installation of the heparin lock… meds will be delivered this afternoon so i can begin my days of self-infusion… never in my wildest dreams did i think i would be giving myself IV’s and definitely it was not on the bucket list (i think i’ll add it so i can scratch it off, or is that cheating) …. i worked as a nurse for several years and have been on the giving end… and i’ve been a patient on the receiving end… but never at home doing it myself…the adventures on this journey are countless
notice the lovely and various colors of the hand and arm? ah, raynaud’s… that only adds to the fun of hardware installation… the hand was obviously not the first choice to be wearing this hardware for the next several days… the first stick was on the forearm of left limb… second stick was inner arm above the elbow on the right side…. third stick was on the left hand about where the tubing is lying now… and the fourth stick finally was a good’un in the left hand ….
i have sorta small veins naturally… add to that the raynaud’s junk and well, my veins are less than accommodating… thankfully the vamp nurse was kind and patient…. very patient… those 4 sticks were well thought out, very well planned…. nothing was decided on in a hurry… but alas, the veins were yelling “oh, hell no” and retreated upon the first stick…. bastards