Where the runaways are running the night (becomingkate) wrote in thequestionclub,
Where the runaways are running the night

Surgery-related ptsd (warning for surgery/medical procedures)

Hi all, I've joined the subreddits /surgery and /ptsd but can't post until I make enough comments I think, so thought I'd ask here

-I had to deal with surgeries all throughout my childhood, and I was in the clear for about 15 years but I'm in my late 30's now and I'm hitting some health issues that require surgery again. The worst part for me is getting an IV, I'm very hard to stick especially if I've had to fast for surgery. Because of my health issues, even some procedures that should be simple are more difficult and involved for me. I just came home from something they tried to do; first of all they tried 5 times to get the IV in, and I told them which spot works best (I was just in the hospital with an IV in early December so I told them where it was) and they refused to try it because "It's a hard place to put an IV let alone draw blood". They tried both hands and my other arm and they were talking about trying my feet and neck (I had a neck IV as a kid, not fun) and I was like, can you please try where it worked last time?? They tried it last and wow, it worked. But then the procedure didn't work--it was at a local hospital so now I'm being scheduled to go into the city hospital to try again.

Recently I've heard that someone who had been through so much as a kid would have ptsd; it totally makes sense but I never thought of it that way. So I was wondering if any of you have dealt with many hospitalizations and ptsd coming from that, and things you do to cope with it. I get very depressed and hopeless when I think about having to deal with this kind of stuff for the rest of my life.

Thank you :)

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