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Saturday, January 28, 2006

IV Madness

Unfortunately I forgot my camera, so I don't have any shots of our 'IV madness' in action. Anyway, it went very well considering it was our first time. We practiced on a fake arm that simulated a human's arm both anatomically and even physiologically. Well, it wasn't warm but it did have blood flow! Ok, so it was colored liquid but I thought it was pretty darn nifty. Anyway, I was feeling very proud of myself when on my first stick, I got blood return (this was after several of my peers had attempted the same feat, to no avail). Go Aimee, it's your birthday...ok, so I was excited. Now time to stick a real person. I partnered up with my dear friend Kristi who, God love her, left two battle wounds on my right hand. Have you ever had an IV or blood draw in your hand? It hurts. It especially hurts if the needle doesn't actually go into the vein. Yeah. Well, luckily for us both her second attempt went much better!!! I on the other hand, didn't do quite as well. My first attempt merely punctured skin and as her veined sunk deeper, went along side it. I pulled it out and tried the other hand, as if changing hands was going to improve my skill. It was so easy on the dummy. At least his veins protrude and don't roll. Well, the second attempt didn't go much better and I may have struck a nerve but no worries, third times the charm. Since Kristi's veins are about as good as mine (they suck) my clinical instructor offer her arm. AHHHHH. No pressure!!! Anyway, I am happy to report that I am now a skilled ::wink:: IV starter. Her veins were as beautiful as my stick. I immediately got blood return and hooked up my saline flush. It was freakin' awesome.


Blogger aunt kim said...

Yeah for Aimee!!!!! I am impressed and yes, the hand I.V.'s hurt like heck! Keep up the good work!!!

9:40 AM  
Blogger ♥ joleen ♥ said...

lol EW

3rd times a charm? I want another nurse! HA! j/k ;)

11:55 AM  
Blogger la vie en rose said...

go you! i couldn't do it. i'm sure it was much easier on the dummy arm because you knew it was a dummy arm...less pressure because you knew if you screwed up you couldn't hurt anyone, it's just a dummy. i can't imagine having one practice shot and then moving on to a human. wow!

8:26 AM  
Blogger mrsskeels said...

You can practice on me, Aimee. But I like the part where you said you couldn't practice on anyone who couldn't return the favor. READY????????????

11:30 AM  

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