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September 27, 2005

Not All Needles Are The Same!

It is 9:00 and I just got back from the doctor. Got there at 6:15, left at 8:15. Joy!

Let me tell you something! I have two tattoos and have been pierced 10 times and I still get light-headed and ill when they go to take blood! I warn them first to not let me see the needle. Hell, my head is turned while they are cleaning the area!

My veins are a little hard to find in the usual arm area (what's that called? an elbow pit?) She tied one arm and poked luck. She tied the other arm, and poked luck.

Then she tied my lower arm and every vein in my freaking body pokes up in my hand. I start to flip and start poking my "elbow-pit" and saying "come on out more hiding". She starts cracking up and decides to give the initial location one more try! Good girl! She got it in one shot! I was impressed!

So, to skip a long boring story...I'm on some sort of antibiotics and can't drink for a week! WTF! I have a going away dinner Thursday night, I'm supposed to be stopping to see Morrigan on my out, supposed to stop and see Amy (and she has insisted she must be in the "Did a shot with Sissy" club) and then I'm off to see Spurs & Napster. Wait, I cannot be in TLTTF (also the bellybutton of America) without a drink! So I am planning to be there after Wed! Otherwise, they better give me some better drugs than these damn antibiotics :-D

Posted by Sissy at September 27, 2005 09:17 PM | TrackBack

I will just have your shot!!!!

Posted by: Amy at September 27, 2005 09:55 PM

Well, you don't ever want gestational diabetes. I got it two out of three pregnancies, but still had to do the big tst for all three. Drawing blood, 4 times in 3 hours. Blech. And they all want to take from the easy pokey outy vein in my left arm. By the 4th time I was yelling at them, "YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO USE THIS ARM!" BAh!

Not all phlebotomists are created equal. For sure.

Posted by: Bou at September 27, 2005 10:08 PM

I have to have blood drawn every month (2 vials worth) for my arthritis to make sure my drugs arn't killing me.

Thank god I have awesome veins.

I switch arms every month so as to not wear out one arm.

It really sucks when they poke through the vein, that causes one nasty bruse.

Posted by: Machelle at September 28, 2005 08:25 AM

I agree. A needle for tattooing or piercing gives me a rush. And, although I have very good veins, I have having blood taken. {{shudder}}

Posted by: Jody Halsted at September 28, 2005 12:32 PM

like machelle, I have to go through the drill once a month for my arthritis meds. Except that my veins are small, like a little kid's. So I have to request someone who draws peds and have them use a butterfly needle. Usually in my wrist or the back of my hand. I haven't had a draw from my elbow pit in years..... And I once got poked 12 times before they just told me to go home and come back another day....

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