a treatment in vein?
Jon Massey gets pumped full of vitamins while sitting at his Canary Wharf desk thanks to an intravenous boost from the mobile IV Doc
What’s that you’ve got in your arm?
I’ve an IV.
Is that supposed to sound clever?
No, it’s supposed to make me feel great.
How did it get in there?
Intravenous drip outfit The IV Doc came and put it in me.
But you’re at your desk
Apparently this is a thing now, the firm offered a trial session so I thought I’d see whether it was actually possible to work while vitamins and antioxidants are flowing into me.
Sort of. Unfortunately the needle didn’t take so well to my upper arm and had to go in my hand.
Leaving you one-handed?
Yes, although a lot can be accomplished with a mouse and some patience.
You can’t really type though can you?
Not at speed.
So what actually happened?
I said yes to the appointment, I got a call from a doctor who checked in some depth whether I could have the treatment and then former NHS nurse Judy Onyango turned up at my office at 11am sharp with a suitcase containing the various drips and
Then a sharp scratch?
Actually, Judy’s skill meant I hardly felt the needle slip into my veins at either location.
Right there at your desk?
Right there at my desk. There was even a special cover to prevent spots of blood staining the surface.
Did people stare?
They studiously ignored it at first, before curiosity took hold and the quips started.
Quips and drips?
I suffer little pricks with great stoicism.
Took a long time to think of that one, didn’t it? Anyway, what’s all this intended to accomplish?
The first bottle was entitled the London Antioxidant IV Hydration Therapy, which apparently zips through my system collecting free radicals, allowing me to pee them out later.
Don’t let go, you’ve got the music in you...
That’s the New Radicals. How old are you, exactly?
Never you mind. What about the rest?
Via a sizeable bag of fluid, the London Vitamin B Complex and London Vitamin B12 packages were administered.
That seems like a lot, how much does it cost?
For all that goodness? Only £599.
It is expensive, although you do get Judy present for the whole time checking you’re okay, and some of the treatments are only designed to be administered once a month. The vitamin packages were £75 each.
So, the six-million-dollar (£600) question – how did it feel?
Going in? It made my arm pretty cold and it wasn’t exactly comfortable. It also took my pathetic circulatory system about an hour-and-a-half to take all the fluid in. Significantly longer than the 45 minutes suggested.
No, silly. I don’t care about you. How did it make you feel after?
Initially, there was little change. Later in the day, I’d be lying if I didn’t say a warm feeling of contentment did start to steal over me.
Yes. Although I wasn’t blown away by a feeling of wellbeing the morning after, as suggested, I did feel good over the weekend.
Nurse Judy Onyango, of IV Doc, is present with the client for the whole time during the procedure