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    It's Only A Little Prick............Tell us about your worst experience.

      Surely, we've all had our blood drawn for one reason or another.  Most people leave the office/hospital with a single red dot on our arm while others leave looking like a pin cushion.


      I had an appointment to have my blood drawn on Friday.  It took two sticks each on both of my arms from two different nurses before one of them could find a vein.  I had tears streaming from my eyes before I left the building.  I also had my blood drawn a couple of months ago and two nurses and two doctors could not get blood from my veins.


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    Are you an easy stick or a hard stick?  Please sum up your venipuncture experiences.

    +7  Views: 1148 Answers: 8 Posted: 5 years ago

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    I was 8 years old when in 1951 I was admitted to a Sanatorium for Tuburculosis. It was a long time (2 years), and the main treatment was a daily injection of Streptomycin in either my upper leg or my PO. There were many days when it was painful due to the needles being thicker than those of today. Since 2012 I have attended the Docter's surgery every quarter to give a blood sample, and in the main, it's no problem.

    country bumpkin

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    That must have been really frightening for an eight - year - old boy to have to go through.
    Ducky

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    My mother was also in a sanitorium for TB. That was in the 40s and she was in for a year. Seems hard to fathom nowadays.
    mycatsmom

    my cousin's first husband's mother was in a TB sanatorium for a long time when he was a kid too. Maybe that's why he was screwed up .....altho he did make it to first lieutenant in the Air Force and he was in SAC
    Ducky

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    Ah, the usual compassionate and understanding MCM. Good grief!

    i had to have a blood test several years ago at work for insurance purposes. She was an older lady should have known what she was doing. 4 sticks in one arm, 2 in the other. I politely told her my thoughts on her being an arm butcher. 

    country bumpkin

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    I'm sure you did. LOL
    mycatsmom

    Hi JDB. Haven't seen you lately .
    JDB

    Hi mcm, been doing ok, tons of OT at work the last couple years . A picky phone, seems like most times I have to make it bold to respond here. harvest is creeping up fast. Not ready for that yet.

    ....hard stick due to rolling veins 

    country bumpkin

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    I've been told many times I'm a hard stick because of deep rolling veins. I took a Phlebotomy class several years ago. My teacher told the class that Phlebotomists and Nurses use rolling veins as an excuse when they are inexperienced or no good at drawing blood.
    Ducky

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    I agree CB. Shouldn't happen Ben, according to what I was told by a very good phlebotomist.

    The last time, I didn't even know that I had blood drawn. About 5 years ago, some woman at the office I go to ( I go to one of these "walk-in places", but I've been extremely happy with my care), inserted the needle at about a 30 degree angle. I thought is was gonna die. I almost passed out. After that, I never saw her again there. She might have been fired. I didn't complain, but I guess others did.

    Some years ago i had an Angiogram,after the Angiogram i was waiting in the waiting room to go home,when i noticed this big swelling in my groin,they raced me back into the hospital beds,and this bloke,a nurse,had 4 goes at putting a needle with a tube on it in the back of my hand..the blood was running down my hand onto the floor,he got it on the fourth go,,i have asked different nurses what happened,,i was told that sometimes a vein will collapse,making it impossible to draw blood from it..>>>>>>>>><<<<<<<<..https://www.wikihow.com/Know-when-Your-Vein-Has-Collapsed

    country bumpkin

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    My poor grandmother was in the hospital so often that most of her veins had collapsed. I had to buy a funeral dress for her with a long sleeved jacket to cover her black and blue arms from all the sticks she got in the emergency room while trying to find a decent vein. We could still see all the bruising on her hands.
    mycatsmom

    that's what my mom's hands and arms looked like when she was laid out. I had her dressed in a long sleeved purple top of her choosing.She was 91 1/2 .

    Poke, poke, poke, my veins collapse. So, I walk in and say “butterfly and go here (pointing to my wrist)”. I go every three mos. I inject 4-5 times daily but do not like anybody else sticking me.....

    As CB mentioned in her comment to Benthere, a neighbor of mine (phlebotomist) told me the same thing. She said that rolling veins, tiny veins, etc. are nothing more than excuses and have no bearing whatsoever on drawing blood. She said that just like in any other profession, some are just no good at their job and also that it should never hurt nor leave a bruise. With her, that was absolutely true! No pain, no bruise, ever. Not so with some of her co-workers!

    country bumpkin

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    There will always be people afraid of needles, but if they never experience a botched blood draw then I believe many people would get past their fear of having their blood taken. All the nurses and phlebotomists should be like your neighbour.
    Ducky

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    I agree.

    When I was in the E R once, several years ago, I had a nurse who stuck the needle in 3 different times / places to get blood out of my arm. She was going to stick it in a 4th time, but I told her 3 strikes and you're out ! Get someone else to do it. No, I didn't cry . They often have trouble finding a vein.They say they can't find a vein in my R arm and the vein in the bend of my L elbow is getting too scarred from so many blood draw. It really hurts when they take it out of the back of your hand. They have left big hematomas from doing that.

    country bumpkin

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    The butterfly needles they use to take the blood from the back of the hands are so thin they don't look like they would hurt, but they do.
    mycatsmom

    when I was in the hospital for surgery, one blood drawer snuck up on me at 7am when I was asleep and stuck a big needle in the back of my hand and that hurt ! It was a rude awakening.


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