I was given some good advice today, but not bike related


#1

Many of you might already know this, so my apologies, but I was given some advice this morning by my nurse which I had never heard before.

Today was INR blood test day which means trekking off down to the Doctors surgery (pre-arranged appointment) and having a needle stuck in my arm and precious red stuff drawn off.

Usually it is a quick in and out job, 5 minutes tops.

However, today, went to stick the needle in my left arm, and there was hardly a dribble. Tries in another vein, same problem.

Went into my right arm, first attempt nothing and then second attempt, bingo, the red stuff started to flow.

Apparently, difficulty in finding a vein or getting a good flow is often down to being dehydrated.

And so, I was told, if I have a glass of water or just a drink, the vein becomes easier to find and the claret flows easier.

Never knew that. So in 3 months time I will follow that advice, although in fairness it is not usually a problem I have really had before.

But had I known that, my arms would not be currently looking like a pin cushion and going a lovely shade of blue and purple

Never too old to learn something new though


#2

Yup, drinking (water) throughout the day helps a lot. As does eating correctly.

Only reason I know it is I regularly donate blood and the first couple of times they couldn’t find a vein… Didn’t click until later when I remembered both those days I had very busy days at work


#3

Or you need someone that’s better at canulating :innocent:

Yes the water trick helps but if I can get a needle in someone who’s bleeding with low blood pressure an awake person with good blood pressure shouldn’t be a problem :thinking:


#4

Serrisan, I know what you are saying, but I am on limited fluid intake for life.

1.5 litres of fluid a day is my maximum except in really hot weather when I can go to 2 litres


#5

Ah yes I had forgotten that… Not sure how you cope. I drink about 4l of water day (add coffees etc on top) and that’s after my doc told me that 5-6 of water a day is harmful and that I need to cut down…


#6

Water helps but i think its more than that as Curtis says.

The nurse at our GP surgery books me into the walk-in centre for my blood tests because she always struggles to get any flow. At the walk-in its just what it says on the door - Walk-in, jab, draw blood and walk out. I believe it’s all down to the nurse at the GP surgery not being as proficient as the nurses at the walk-in who do bloods all day every day.

Another time I took my then 7 day old son into A&E and three nurses there couldn’t get a drip in his arm. After several unsuccessful attempts enter Pediatrician who shakes his head, takes charge and puts the drip in via the ankle at the first attempt.


#7

To be fair, the nurses that do my blood sucks are very good and very experienced. I have been having blood taken by them up to 30 - 40 times a year and really not had a problem.


#8

Do not get me started on blood taking!
I had so many nurses and doctors blaming my low blood pressure, then a more experienced nurse comes along and has no issues.


#9

I remember being taught in one of the many sports coaching courses that I’ve done, that 2% dehydration = 30% regression in performance.