Spent last week doing another Medrol infusion to kick this exacerbation. The steroid worked amazingly well this time, both physically and mentally, and not in small part due to a very understanding IV technician (he's actually the director of nursing) who treated me with kindness and respect. (And didn't tell me to fix my valve-y veined arms by losing weight or something. I'd have been like, "Haha, I dropped 15 pounds being sick already so there!" Well, not really, but I fantasize about saying stuff like that to less awesome people. Seriously, he was a dream.)
So, I have a question for all of you fat folks who spend time at the doctor's or the hospital - have you ever been told, before anyone's even looked at your veins or touched your skin, whether or not you'll be "hard to stick"? I had an experience with that this time around and it puzzled me - I've never had trouble giving blood, nor been told I have "rolling" veins or anything of the sort - and yet I was deemed troublesome before I'd even gone down to the lab! (They actually called my house to find this out - wtf?)
Why would one look at a fat person and automatically deem them difficult in the blood department? I mean, if you've got enough training to take someone's blood, shouldn't you also have enough to know that veins typically aren't smushed under three inches of impermeable fat or whatever it is you think you're looking at?
(Then again, who am I kidding? Read stories at First Do No Harm and see what doctors get away with. It's horrifying.)
So does anyone have anything similar to share? I asked a fat friend of mine and said she'd never experienced it herself, but would be mighty pissed if it had happened to her.
Thanks for reading and take care!