M: I don’t want another pokie, daddy. I already had 4 yesterday, and 2 finger pokes today.
K: I know that Maya. We dont’ want to give you pokes, but we have to take blood samples to see what’s going on inside?
M: Why do I have to get pokes all the time? I don’t have cancer anymore.
K: Well Maya, you are still very sick. You know, if I could take the pokies for you, I would do it in an instant. But, I can’t.
M: I know that. You tell me that all the time.
K: That’s because it is true. You know I got in trouble with the Doctor today, because I told them no pokie today. They wanted to do another poke. And I also told you today that tomorrow, you will likely have to do a poke.
M: I am scared. Doctors are humorless people and they’re boring.
K: Who told you that?
M: I don’t know…
K: And when you hurt, Mommy and Daddy hurt too.
M: Well, not literally.
K: Yeah OK. But it hurts us to see you hurt. Do you like it when Mommy cries?
K: Well, I don’t either. I don’t like to see you cry either. And when you do, it hurts mommy and daddy.
K: So, this is what I think. I think we should put in a line.
K: Just listen. If we put in a line, then you won’t have to be poked all the time. And because there is a little cup under the skin, so the nurses won’t miss. And there are certain things you dont’ get to decide Maya because you’re still very young. It means you get only 1 poke when we get chemo and that’s it. But tomorrow, I think this is what we should do. Firstly, we’ll see if we can get blood return on the P(eripheral) IV. If we do, then no poke. It”ll probably not work, right, because it didn’t work today. That’s why we did the finger pokes. I think we should put in a butterfly at the bend of your arm.
M: Noooooo it hurts!
K: I know. But, you don’t have good veins Maya. And the nurses miss all the time. I know that the bend of the arm hurst more, but it’s only one poke. And it’s less likely that we’ll have to poke you again and again. But I’ll let you decide that. We can let Rita (RN) take a look tomorrow, and if you want it somewhere else, that’s ok with me. But you have to remember that if we go to your hand, they might miss. At the crook of the arm, because the vein there is large, they’re not likely going to miss. And most likely we’ll be able to use that line for the rest of the week.
M: I don’t want any more pokies.
K: I know Maya. And I wish I could take the pokies… So that’s what we’ll do tomorrow OK? And Daddy will come to the hospital and make sure you’re ok and help you through it OK?
The nurse missed the vein at the crook of Maya’s arm. Tried digging for the vein four times before giving up. We ended up getting a line put in on the top of Maya’s hand.