Boy, I hear you. My wife, a cancer patient, had the same experience over and over, technicians think they can do it (or want to practice, who knows) and make a mess which can really impact a patient. They have no idea how many more sticks the patient may need over the next few days. I always fought to get the best "sticker" in there early to avoid the flailers. Some workers are just better at it. For chemo patients, or people with disappearing veins, they should be brought in from the get-go to spare the patient yet more hardship in what is already the roughest of journeys. The wear and tear of cancer is underestimated. A patient's will to fight gets eroded by too many minor battles. I was in pre-op once myself and a "perky" nurse insisted her associate was experienced when it became immediately clear she was a raw novice and missed my veins. Then when the nurse took over and had a miss, my wife put her foot down and called for the anesthesiologist who nailed it straight away and was most gracious, even though it no doubt took her from her important pre-op duties. I feel there should be hotshots on hand who should be available for anyone for whom there is the slightest suspicion the stick will be a challenge.
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