***UPDATE: So I listened to you all and today was the new infusion open house day, so I went just before they closed and there was one oncology nurse (known her since I've been going there) and the receptionist, so I asked the nurse how do I go about NOT getting a particular nurse again, she said to just tell her and they would quietly make sure I didn't get that nurse again, so I told her about the mis-poke into my port and the "pushing" of the steroid in myself and to the gentleman that was also in there that day, the nurse said, oh no, she isn't supposed to do that, we take the 20 minute "thingie" (I forgot what she called it)because you aren't supposed to get it fast, that it can make you feel bad doing it that way. She said they would make sure that she didn't do it anymore, apparently she comes in when they're busy and isn't a regular, so they'll let her know they don't push the steroids through and make sure I don't have her anymore. What a RELIEF!!! Thank you all for your suggestions and putting some backbone in my back!!!
I know this seems trivial but I just hate being poked with needles and the onc nurse that did my infusion this past Friday was someone that caused more poking then necessary.
First she stuck the needle into the port and it hurt, like it was pinching, I said a quiet, "ow,ow", then said, "I think something isn't quite positioned right." The nurse looked and said, oh I've pinched your skin, let me fix that. And she did something or another, and it was still pinching, but I figured I was being a big baby and stayed quiet. Then she asked me to move arm etc., as she was trying to get return or blood or something, and then she said, well let me try this, to which I said "Ow, ow, ow, um, stop, please stop." So she stopped what she was doing (turned out she was pushing the saline in) and went and got Nurse Ron.
Apparently she didn't get the needle into the port (later I saw it was above the port, having missed the port completely after I went home and looked for the needle insertion spot)and so was inserting the saline just in under my skin (which explained why that whole area swelled up until the saline leaked back into my body).
Nurse Ron came took the needle out, reinserted it into the port and everything worked fine.
Another thing that she did to two of us that I didn't care for was the infusion of the steroids is usually done over 20 minutes in a timed drip by drip way, this nurse instead put a needle into the tubing and inserted it within two minutes to me, and to an older gentleman when he questioned her (I didn't and should have)she told him she was doing it in a different but prescribed way of inserting it directly into us over a slow 5 minutes (swear it was two minutes)now I don't know if this makes a difference or not, but for two and 1/2 year period, steroids injected along with chemo would be done timed in 20 minutes and the new nurse is doing it in 5 minutes or less, and I just don't feel comfortable with her and her methods.
How do you in a kind way never get that nurse again? It's a small cadre' of nurses and I don't want to look like a complainer (this would be my first complaint)and I don't want to hurt that nurse's feelings, but I don't want her putting needles in me anymore either.