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They unhooked my IV for a while, with plans of replacing it later because it was getting finicky about setting off the alarm. The nurse tried to put in an IV in several spots, but couldn't get anyblood return. She called another nurse, he tried several locations, no luck. So they called HRC to get a phlebotomist who does nothing BUT put in IVs. Yep. You guessed it, she couldn't get a return.

We think part of it is how swollen I am. I look and feel like the stay-puf marshmallow man. ok, maybe not the man part.

They called the doctors and they are going to put in a PIC line or central lin4e tomorrow. Now they just have me on oral antibiotics and a pain-killer called narco. Never heard of it. Anyway, I hope things go well with that tomorrow.

Oh yeah - I'm tired of beef broth. It's the only broth edible here (veg and chicken suck for some reason, and I usually like chicken broth), but the beef has salt in it which is probably making my swelling worse.

Argh.

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oddharmonic
Dec. 18th, 2006 01:12 am (UTC)
A PIC line is the greatest thing since sliced bread when you're tired of being poked. You'll get a new bandage to cover the insertion site every few days; I recommend asking about seasonal bandages or leopard print.

Norco is a brand name for acetaminophen and hydrocodone.

Are you allowed to have outside broth? Do you have a preferred brand/type? Should I send someone who owes me a favor defense Mexicans reinforcements with some tomorrow?
georgiaskydiver
Dec. 18th, 2006 02:28 am (UTC)
Oooh. Outside broth. I'm sensing a prison break of sorts in the making!

Is ice cream allowed? I could schedule a daily delivery of Hagen Dazs as well. *evil grin*
trshtwns01
Dec. 18th, 2006 02:38 am (UTC)
Outside broth would be fine, as long as it doesn't have any solids in it.

Unfortunately, ice cream isn't on the list. Gelatto, if it doesn't have milk, I think is. They send something like it with every meal.

Sodas are permitted, so I'm going to see if Scott can bring me some Diet Dr. Pepper or something. :)
georgiaskydiver
Dec. 18th, 2006 02:40 am (UTC)
So I'm guessing wine is out of the question?
trshtwns01
Dec. 18th, 2006 02:42 am (UTC)
As much as I would like it, out of the question :)
georgiaskydiver
Dec. 18th, 2006 02:45 am (UTC)
Drat!

Is there anything fun on the list at all? Applesauce or something? That comes in some really fun flavors and colors (even purple!) now.
trshtwns01
Dec. 18th, 2006 03:01 am (UTC)
I will check next time they come in. LOVE applesauce.
trshtwns01
Dec. 18th, 2006 04:50 am (UTC)
Ok, so i can have applesauce, and frozen soft things like gelatto that don't have dairy in them.
kitestream
Dec. 18th, 2006 05:27 am (UTC)
purple applesauce??? I think something harder than wine would be necessary to prepare for that experience. (Or maybe I just don't hang out with toddlers enough. I bet they now have lots of weird food I'm unaware of.)
trshtwns01
Dec. 18th, 2006 07:11 am (UTC)
Try thinking of it as juice, and that's where they have gone with applesauce.

Grape-Apple, Peach-Apple (YUMMY!), Strawberry-apple, and others.

And yes, this is probably something you wouldn't know unless you were around toddlers. Or eat your pork chops with applesauce like I do. :)
georgiaskydiver
Dec. 18th, 2006 02:46 pm (UTC)
lol! It's grape-flavored. There's also strawberry, mandarin orange, peach, mango, and a whole array of different combinations.
kitestream
Dec. 18th, 2006 05:24 am (UTC)
"something like" gelato, served in a hospital, sounds very scary. As does having one's arms poked repeatedly. I had dinner last night with someone who had a mini-frisbee-sized chocolate-cherry-coloured bruise from ONE needle. I hope your experience isn't as bad. You could come out looking like a leopard - you won't need patterned bandages.
trshtwns01
Dec. 18th, 2006 05:32 am (UTC)
I do look a bit like a leopard. I', bruised on my entire torso and both arms. It's fairly disturbing. Things always look worse than they are when you bring bruising into the picture. Since I'm also on heparin to prevent clots, I bruise at just about any touch.
kitestream
Dec. 18th, 2006 04:20 pm (UTC)
Oh, geez! You poor thing! This obsession with animal prints has gotten a bit out of hand, yes? Just because a look is stylish does not mean you should temporary-tattoo it on your body. My friend says her bruise doesn't hurt even though it looks pretty nasty. I hope yours are similar.

I'm thinking good thoughts of recovery for you!
semantique
Dec. 18th, 2006 03:34 am (UTC)
You know - after I had Mason via C-section and they FINALLY let me eat - it was beef broth for breakfast.

I swear to God that was the best beef broth I ever had in my life. So good in fact, I just drooled when reading about your beef broth.

I hope you are finally getting some sleep dearest...and that the drugs kick in soon and give you enough so that you can rest your body and mind.
trshtwns01
Dec. 18th, 2006 04:51 am (UTC)
I remember how good ICE CHIPS were after my c-section!!!! That was my first 'long' hospital stay.
georgiaskydiver
Dec. 18th, 2006 02:49 pm (UTC)
Oh! I remember that very same thing. Ice chips = mama from the Gods.
georgiaskydiver
Dec. 18th, 2006 02:49 pm (UTC)
mama. mana. same thing.
morzsa
Dec. 18th, 2006 07:07 am (UTC)
Grr, IVs!

I hope you'll feel better soon!!!
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