“Both abundance and lack [of abundance] exist simultaneously in our lives, as parallel realities. It is always our conscious choice which secret garden we will tend." - Sarah Ban Breathnach
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Not so fast. The phlebotomist had a hard time finding a vein. She kept saying, "You're veins are so tiny" while she poked first my right arm and then my left and then back to my right. She finally took a shot at my right arm, only to get nothing. I imagine she felt the same as oil men do when they dig for oil and come up empty.
She then told me she'd have to try my hand. She transferred me a separate room and had me lie down. She was able to get a trickle from that poke, and bruised me in the process. Finally, she called another technician to give it the ol' college try. That dear woman was able to find a vein in my right arm immediately, popped the needle in, and collected the blood just fine. I sing her praises.
I stayed to rest just a few minutes to make sure it was safe to drive. Forty minutes. It had taken forty minutes to drain four tiny vials of blood from my veins.
Drink plenty of water the day before.
Get blood work done in the afternoon when I'm better hydrated.
Ask for a new phlebotomist if the one I've got seems uncertain.
Just think, I'll only have to do this every 1-3 months while I'm on the new medication. :)