I went today for a triple phase bone scan. They needed to start an IV to inject the die/radioactive stuff. For where they needed to do the pictures, they needed to put the IV in one of my feet. The tech tried once in each foot, then went for "the best IV person we have" and she tried 5 times in each foot, then 4 times in my good arm. They tried different turnequets, dangling my arm/legs way below my body, using warm towels on my feet to enlarge the veins... all the tricks they could think of. They were not un-skilled. I think it was my veins. They hit the veins - could draw blood back, but when they tried to "advance" the IV, they could not do it. They said if they were trying to draw blood, no problem - but they just could not get the little plastic tube in to get the IV set up. They even tried not putting in the tube, and using a butterfly needle - but it punctured the back of the vein. They kept saying how sorry they were. Thank goodness I am not needle phobic! And, I did understand they were really trying. I had to go really early (for me) for this test, and I had only a very small glass of juice before going. I just did not have time to eat/drink before going. I was started on a prednisone "burst" Monday - I think a pretty strong one. I am feeling very puffy and my feet are swollen. The techs asked if my feet were like that all the time, and I said no, I think it is the prednisone. The said that the swelling could be putting pressure on the veins. They also thought I was dehydrated, but other than not having a lot to drink this morning, I think I am normal for me as far as dehydration. We decided to reschedule for next Wednesday, when I will be almost done with the prednisone. They want me to start 3-4 hours ahead of the test and force drinking fluid. But, they didn't seem to sure if this would work. Are any of you nurses or have any experience with this? How can I get my veins to cooperate? I really need to get this test done! It's to see if I really do have RSD in my arm or not. Thanks!