My 80 year old mother had an unexpected illness which required three weeks hospitalization. During this time, it was almost impossible to get a blood draw. It was TORTURE for her every morning.
A few months later, she had a blood test, the lab worker had a hard time finding a vein. Ever since then her arm still hurts on occasion. They x-rayed for a needle and nothing was found.
She is due to have yet another surgery with a long-term stay. We warned the doctor about the veins and suggested a pick-line but he seem to care less (much more focused on the cutting). The doctors don't seem to realize how painful it was poking around for a vein.
So I have two questions. First, why do you think her arm still hurts? Second, is there any way to avoid having problems drawing blood in the next surgery?