By blinkanimgone - 01/09/2010 11:08 - Australia
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Put a heating pad on it for 15 min intervals and then do deep massage on it with vitamin e lotion. this helps break up the blood clots and allow them to absorb back into the skin. I had that happen to me and I had the bruising almost completely gone in about a week. The more you massage it the better.
Yeah that sucks, doesn't it? It happened to me like six months ago! The swelling lasts about 3 days. Expect to have that gnarly bruise for at least a month, though. And at least the weather is starting to cool down, so you can wear sleeves to hide it.
Yikes. Some nurses are truly better at inserting IVs, etc. than others.