I’m just one of those people. My veins are deep and at the mere thought of a blood test, they just don’t want to play. The advice is plentiful.
Drink water – lots of it as it will make the veins more accessible. Well I drank over a litre of water and guess what? No blood.
Heat pads will do the job – yeah … um, nope. No blood.
Exercise, get that blood pumping – of course, what a good idea. Shame no one told my veins it was a good idea – no blood.
Is it any wonder that I hate blood tests. They usually end up going into the wrist which hurts. Man, does it hurt. Once the nurse went into the wrist and then said ‘Bugger, it’s rolled, don’t move’ as she dug the needle through, following it.
And apparently not only are my veins deep but my veins are not where they should be. In my left arm I have a ligament and in the right a tendon. But I did the right things, I drank a lot of water, kept warm, they used a heat pad and I had been exercising so the heart was pumping and the guy gets the needle and syringe …. and nothing. Not even a hint.
So after half an hour he gives up and tells me to come back the next day. I go back. Different person but maybe they’ll have success. He takes one look at my arms ‘You have no veins.’ I’m breathing and moving and if I cut myself I bleed so I must have them somewhere. But he quit before he started and referred me to one of their of their senior persons.
I go see her. I give her the form and say ‘I’m sorry, I’m not easy to get blood from.’
She looks at the form and sees the previous two attempts. Looks at my arms and says ‘Uh huh, you’re one of them.’ She tourniquets my arm, feels around and finally finds one … she thinks. She picks up the syringe.
And I say ‘You don’t want to use that type if it is the suction one (so know the technical names .. not), they don’t work on me.’
She says ‘well I need 20 ml and our biggest syringe is 10ml. I don’t want to stab you twice. So she gets a butterfly and sticks it in. Keeps feeling my arm and says ‘I can feel it but the needle wasn’t hitting it. Finally after digging deeper she says ‘Got it, don’t move’ and collects the blood needed.
As I’m leaving she says ‘You don’t want to ever need to go to hospital for an operation. The anesthetist needs a vein to work with.’
Not planning on going to hospital but thanks for the tip. Only three months till my next one. Anyone want to take my place?