All my life I have had a hard time when it comes to getting IV fluids and blood draws. Recently last week I had a "crisis" and had to take a trip to the "Evil Room" ie the emergency room. When I arrived it was around 10 am and the place was packed, I checked in at the registration desk and was told there were no rooms available and that I would have to wait. I explained that I had Addison's and what my symptoms were to the clerk who really has no medical training but supposedly puts down what your complaint is. Well 2.5 hours later still waiting to be triaged. At this time I had no medical personal lay any hands on me, no bp taken, heart rate or anything. So how did they know I was "ok". I finally got called back just to get a lecture from the nurse who says that I should not get so upset and that i'm a big girl and need to get ahold of my disease. Just then I was taken out of my room that I had finally got back to and put in the hallway where I layed for another 2 hours. During this time the nurse decided to let a Paramedic try and start an IV on me. I have medical training as an INT EMT and I know my body. I explained where would be the best place to start my iv and get the blood that they would need. Well needless to say after about 10 tries they finally were able to get an IV, but no blood. So then after the phlebotamist tried 3 times we finally got sucess. Well after this trauma and laying crying several hours I finally saw a doctor who was really great and got the nurse moving. So my question would be should I ask my primary care DR if I could get a port a cath place for blood draws and fluids till I get stablized. I have only had my diagnosis since Oct 2008.
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