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Unable to get an IV in arms.. Fem Stick required

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  • Posted By: nikilotta7
  • July 4, 2008
  • 04:48 AM

I went to the e.r. for yet another visit this year. I have been having excrutiating pain in my left flank area and frequent urination. I just passed a stone late last year from that kidney as well. I went when it got so bad I was limping. I had just ended antibiotics for a mild sore throat, ear infections, and black hairy tongue. eww. I've been suffering from bronchitis since Jan. Let me just say I'm a 28/F. I'm already minus a colon, appendix, and gallbladder.

All my tests came back in normal range at the e.r. However it took 6 different individuals, each poking me 2 to 3 times to try to draw blood or get an iv line. In the end the doctor came in and gave me a "fem stick" which freaked me out. Basically they drew blood from the femoral artery where my leg meets my groin area. It is as painful as it sounds, and made me get sick.

At the end of this they said I probably had a very wicked flu that was effecting the muscles in my back causing all the pain. No one addressed why they would unable to get a vein or when they did they blew. Any ideas as to why? They said all my blood levels were with normal limits. I have had to have central, main, and pick lines years ago during long hospitalizations. I've been a hard poke but nothing this extreme, even when I was severely dehyrated.

Any help would be appreciated. Thank you!

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