Tuesday, January 27, 2009

my absence- mystery solved

My dear friends, I apologize for my absence of late.
I have been away to a hospital in a large city about 6 hours away for testing, I knew it was possibly coming, my general practitioner had told me she had put my name in to see a very reputable specialist but they called me last week and asked me to come in the following day and of course I could not arrange that much time off work in such short notice so they booked me for this past Thurday, I hastily made arrangements for accomidations (I stayed with a lovely family that I know through facebook of all places! we have met several times and they are very good to me, an adoptive third or forth home)

I will not mention much about the actual testing because there is not much of anything to mention. It was long and painful and rather quite boring, One of the blessings in it is that I learned that the policy in that hospital ( which I will probably regular at least 2 or 3 times a year) is that they have a 2 count policy, they will attempt to find a vien for an IV or bloodwork 2 times and then they will call in "the reinforcements". Maybe that doesn't mean much to you but to me it is a HUGE deal. I have nutoriously small, rolling, colapsing veins. So much so that I used to have a portacath, that is a little contraption inserted under your skin that allows immediate access to a vein. I have horrible luck and my record of "sticks" is 31 times that they tried and failed and I have had IVs in very strange and random locations, like the top of my feet or head!

So I was very happy about their 2 strike policy, for me that signifies good staff. Some staff can be very prideful about it, they want to try one more time, or do not wish to admit defeat. But my nurse, LORI is her name and she was fabulous, listened when I told her where my "best vein" was and actually used it! wow! I like that woman.

So I go back in May for a follow up appointment.

You may be thinking that that is a long time away but the trip is fairly long and involved and quite exhausting so I am glad there is a few months in between.

I am sure I will be blogging about my "adventure" for the next week or two and I hope to "introduce" you (if only in a minute way) to my wonderful hosts that are huge gifts from God.

Soli Deo Gloria

1 comment:

Caf said...

ow....31!!! The last time I had to get a blood test the nurse stuck me in a nerve and made the RSD in my hands a million times worse...I think I'm now scared of needles...but since I'm going to have one stuck in my arm for 5 days I suppose I better get used to it!