IV Therapy…WOW!


Last week, I ended up in the ER for asthma exacerbation and they did some labs while I was there. I got a call from my primary doctor the following day requesting I go in to the lab for an iron study. When I went in for my follow-up appointment, my doctor explained that I had severely low iron and she was ordering a 5-day course of iv iron infusion.
I go in for my first appointment which was supposed to take 3 hours from start to finish; I ended up being there for almost 6 hours. They couldn’t find a good vein to use for the iv so after three people tried 10 times to start a line (yes, I was poked at least 10x), the anesthesiologist (Dr. Underhill=Rock Star) decided to put in a subclavicular, central venous line so off to the operating room I went. Once the line was placed, which was a bit unpleasant, I had to wait for xray to come to make sure that the line was properly placed.
Finally, I got the meds started and took a nap while my trusty sidekick JaLisa sat reading or doing a crossword or whatever. I had originally intended to go by myself but I am glad she talked me into letting her go with me. Since things ended up being more involved than anticipated, it was nice to have a familiar face to look at. Plus, it would have been a little awkward having a stranger help me put my clothes back on.
A special shout to everyone in the Kennewick General Hospital (KGH) Short-Stay Unit, Operating Room & Anesthesia staff. You all were quite awesome today and I appreciate how great everyone was to my daughter & I.

Just me being me.

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