A Warm Tip for Blood Draws etc.

Blood tests of all kinds have been part of Christina’s life for many years.  But recently she has added weekly saline infusions.  Her veins are not always cooperative during all these procedures.  They roll, blow and sometimes, just refuse to give anything.

During a recent infusion, after repeated attempts with no success, she realized she was feeling cold. Christinas always feels cold – her core temperature seems to be low right now.  Well, the nurse brought in a portable heater and  cranked it up.  It made all the difference in the world.  Since then, she has had success at every infusion.  Her nurse warms up the room – and I mean WARM – and Christina holds her arm close to the heater. So far, things have been going much more smoothly.

If any of you have this issue, you may want to carry an instant hot pack, or even a heating pad.  Get your arm as warm as possible and hopefully you will see a difference.  It’s worth a try.

Hope it helps,


PICC Line Info

Hi everyone,

My daughter found this video of a girl who currently lives with a PICC line.  She provides very clear information regarding the practicalities of this device. She talks about lots of daily living details –  from how she wraps it for a shower,  to a special sleeve that she’s found.

The link is below, as well as on our newly-revamped Resources Pages.  Hope it’s helpful!

Living with EDS: All about my PICC line

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