not 100% sure why, but recently, since i've had a lot of cannulas in i have been really really struggling with them. I think part of the issue is that i find cannulas in my hands to be absolute agony (to the extent i cannot move my arm or hand at all, cant tolerate people even moving my fingers, sometimes cant stand due to slight changes in pressure in my hand, have cried like a baby having them removed etc.) and i have really good veins in my hand. In an emergency i can understand that they just want to put the largest possible line in, and in the easiest vein possible but no matter how many times i say i dont want cannulas in my hands they will really really push for it. Its got to the point that i gag even thinking about it, typing now im having to rub the backs of my hand to stop cringing. My elbow veins aren't great any more, if im well and hydrated then they aren't too bad, but in an emergency they can be hard to get at, which does obvs increase the amount it hurts.
The thing is, i feel silly, i really dont want to cry over a cannula, and obviously as i tend to need magnesium and IV hydrocortisone (and often fluids, and they like a line in in case i need aminophylinne anyway) so i dont really have a choice about it and i hate the idea that they think im making a fuss - i DO really try to be tough - i think my tolerance for them is wearing thin.
Anyone had any experience with this problem, or have any ideas to deal with it. The issue is the pain primarily, but also with doctors not taking my preferances into account (unless im really really desperate for meds NOW, i'd rather they dug around in my elbows or the backs of my arms than went anywhere near my hands). Currently my only way of dealing is by making all my blood tests be in my hands (in the hope of protecting my elbows and actually making my hands worse) but not sure if that actually works!
thanks for any tips!
ps. Does anyone know if Adcal-D3 comes in other flavours, tutti fruitti is really horrible and i hate taking it first thing, makes my mouth taste all gross for ages!