I've never been an "easy stick". In my short history with PICCs (my first one was about a year and a half ago) I've been told by multiple people that I have some of the most difficult veins they've ever dealt with. Even with a double dose of sedative, they have a hard time getting my little veins to cooperate.
The PICC I got on Friday ranks near the top of my list of Most Traumatic Life Experiences. Seriously, I think it even beat Lawnmower Severing Achilles Tendon. The first poke was unsuccessful so, after a generous amount of poking and prodding, they chose another vein nearer to the artery. As it was explained to me, there are some nerves that exist around the artery in order to protect it and, well, sometimes those nerves are irritated by the PICC. The first twinge wasn't a big deal - a little bit of tingling was all. But they got much worse after that. Each time they tried to push the line in further, my entire arm felt as if it were being electrocuted, from my shoulder to my fingertips. I've only experienced that level of pain a few other times in my life, and my daughter is a result of one of those.
|This is a picture of the "good" one|