Free! ish.

Posted 2011.09.29 22.48 in Pointless Blather by Stephanie

So this morning, the last of my IV medicine was pumped into my arm. Then the nurse came and the idea was to unplug me, remove the tubes and pointy things, and generally that would be the end of lugging those annoying IV pumps around everywhere.

Well, she did unhook the pumps, and most of the tubes. But she didn’t think my leg had healed enough yet. I’m seeing my doctor tomorrow anyways, and my doctor has already given me a bunch of pills to take over where the IVs left off, but nonetheless, the nurse was uncertain.

So she decided to leave the pointy thing in my arm, with just a few inches of tube, and a little cork (so to speak) on the end of it. If my doctor felt that the IV was not needed, then my doctor could remove it. If she decides that more IV medicine is needed, then they could try using that existing tube.

I was unenthusiastic about this plan. For one thing, that IV has been in for 6 days now and the nurse even said it might not be good much longer. Especially if there’s nothing running on it for 24+ hours to keep it open.

So why leave it there?

I wasn’t thrilled with how she corked and taped it either. It stuck out a bit and kept catching on my sleeve. And the actual end that a new tube would go into, she didn’t cover at all – so it could collect lint and stuff from my shirt.

By the end of the day, I had been to work for a few hours then come home, and somewhere along the way I did catch it on something which gave a tug and hurt. Then my arm got really itchy and I decided that I’d had enough.

As much as I hate needles and get icked out by these things, I went ahead and dealt with it myself. Removed the rest of the tape and pulled out the IV.

Turns out, it wasn’t that bad. It wasn’t a metal needle, it was a flexible plastic thing. Came out easily, no blood, no fuss, no muss.

And now I really am free!

Unless my doctor does end up ordering me back on another IV…


  1. Lezley says:

    I want to see pictures of the leg. SHOW ME.

    1. Stephanie says:

      There isn’t anything to see. It’s like a normal leg only there’s some swelling and occasionally some redness. The pain doesn’t show up on film so that’s no help.

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