Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Things to do while getting IVs!

Yesterday I finally got my IV supplies delivered! The last time I had my port accessed was when I was in the hospital for gallbladder problems a week before my surgery. Usually I do IVs 3 times a week but I haven't done any since my surgery. I just didn't want the IV fluid to come spilling out of my incisions because that happens a lot you know. Just kidding, I just kept forgetting to order them. You have to flush the port often to make sure it doesn't get a blood clot. So my mom accessed my port yesterday and I did an IV! I left the needle in my port overnight so that I could do another IV tonight. The IV can take anywhere from 2 to 4 hours. It just depends!
Of course you have to make IV time fun! Here are some things you can do...
You can...leave the IV pole and machine in the living room and just carry the bag while you take medicine!
You can...again leave the pole in the living room because it doesn't roll very well and just hang it on the cabinet door handles over the oven or refrigerator while you cook up a delicious treat.
I mean, who doesn't hang an IV bag there?

You can... play wii with your brother! But you have to be very careful not to rip your IV out while doing intense moves. That would not be good and would guarantee a field trip to see my nurse friends at the hospital.
Notice Squirt (my IV pole obviously) on the left. They shortened the length of the IV tubing so I had to be extra careful and stay close to Squirt.

haha look at Landon's face

You can...take a stroll to the mail box and watch the faces of the people driving by. Then you wave and smile and wonder why they have that weird look on their face. Oh maybe it's because I'm hooked up to an IV...at my house.
You can... have your family bring you anything that you want because it's "too hard" to get things for yourself while hooked up to an IV machine. Make sure and really take advantage of this one!
You can...try to hypnotize yourself by watching the IV slowly drip...
You can...try to beat your record on how fast you can get to the bathroom with your IV pole and machine. Let me tell ya, it's not easy. Those rugs get in the way!
See, IV time doesn't have to be completely boring! I'm sure I'll come up with new things to do! Let me know if you have more ideas!

1 comment:

  1. I love how you make the best of each thing that is thrown at you.

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