If you need an intravenous (IV) line inserted, do let the nurse know if you are a hard start. I am. My veins are small and they tend to roll away, so getting a line in presents a challenge.
Monday was no different.
Even though I did advise the nurse and she covered my arm with a warm blanket, my veins still went into hiding. Three times lucky and she hit the vein.
Another trick that a nurse once used was to wrap my arm in a warm blanket and let it dangle off the stretcher for a bit. Then, when she went "prospecting", she was able to get a vein that was "willing".
I wonder if this is a common problem with people who have rheumatoid arthritis. Have you come across any other tricks to help start an IV?