For all patients in hospitals, cannulas are used for access for fluids and medications. Anyone staying for more than a couple days, or in a state of dehydration; cannulation is pretty common practice in all hospitals. For Gasto patients, this need is even higher; the lack of fluid being kept back in the body reaches all time lows and leads to multiple problems and thus hospital admits.
I’ve had 17 of the bastards placed, all since the end of last Summer. Every three or four days during my admissions, I would need them changing because my small veins would be ruined by the continuous push of fluids and medications given to me. It started off simply with just a bag of saline for dehydration, but it soon expanded into the realms of medication: first paracetamol and then my anti viral drugs, along with the pills I was given four times a day.
My latest cannula was for my Iron Infusion. My anemia has been gradually been getting worse as the months have gone on in 2012. It was an issue from the beginning of my journey with Crohn’s and it will always be an underlining problem associated with my Crohn’s. Even in a period of good health, my blood is still low on iron and my tiredness shows.
Instead of bore you to tears with medical talk, this is an great article about Intravenous Cannulation and the method behind the procedure. Its fascinating to learn how this has become a standard of care for many patients.
In addition, this document discusses Intravenous Therapy and a prevalence in Gastro patients. For me, an Iron Infusion this way is going to become a regular treatment pattern. The longest I can hope to go without one is 6 months.