Hey everybody. It is Matt from Situation Positive and I’m checking in today from my infusion suite. My type of medication isn’t available to be administered at home. So I go to an infusion suite at a doctor’s office where a nurse administers the IV as an outpatient procedure. I’m here getting my multiple sclerosis (MS) Treatment. I’ve been taking IV MS therapies for well over 10 years now. And as a result, I’ve developed some tips and tricks on how to have a more positive infusion experience.
The first thing I do is make sure that I wear comfortable clothes. You’re going to be in this chair for like four or five hours. So you want to make sure that you sit in comfort.
The next thing I do is stay hydrated. Believe it or not. Staying hydrated is great for your skin and it makes it easier for the nurse to insert the needle. I make sure I drink a lot of water the night before and continue drinking the day of. It really helps.
And speaking of inserting the needle, the final trick I do is I use hand lotion and I put it on my arms where I think that they may find a vein to stick the needle. I find that by putting lotion on, before I leave the house, by the time I get to the infusion center, When it’s time for the nurse to insert the needle they’re able to do it with one stick.
So I hope these tips and tricks help you have a more positive IV experience. Do you have an experience or story to share? Check out our Positivity Project to learn more.
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