I have brittle asthma and have had many emergency admissions. I have never had accessible veins at my inner elbow so they always need to put venflons in/take blood from my wrist or hand. Even these veins dont always behave.
My worry is that I have a friend who I met in hospital who also has brittle asthma but is about 8 years older than me. She has just needed to have a portacath fitted to give permanent access as they cannot use any of her veins anymore. I am now thinking that perhaps I should be telling my GP and hospital to use my feet for veins when getting routine blood/theophylline levels so that my hands/wrists can be saved for emergency situations. I am worried that my veins will eventually give up if they are overused as they are alreeady pretty rubbish. Any advice would be welcomed