April 8th, 2009


Follies with Jazz and the IV

So lady_curmudgeon recaps it up pretty well in her entry over here, but I'll summarize:

After 30+ straight days of daily needle-sticks to give Jazz her sub-q IV fluids, we had epic failure tonight. Not just once, but twice she managed to get the needle to slip out. The first time was really my fault (I was adjusting the needle's depth for flow) but the second time she shrugged just the right way and out came the needle! Of course this was a brand new, full IV bag and I had the roller clamp set to full blast, so when the needle popped out it was blowing Ringer's solution (plus potassium) all over the place! Both times it hit Curmudgeon in the face first before going on to soak the kitchen table and whatever was sitting on it.

We got about 1/2 to 2/3 of her regular dosage in before we called it a night because after two sticks and getting bathed in Ringer's Jazz was just too agitated to stay in one place. I don't blame her a lick.

Honestly in retrospect this is funny, but while it's happening to you some of the humor vanishes. Mostly I worry because I know she didn't get her full dose.