reply to post by biggie smalls
I can give blood; no probs there.
A few nurses and doctors described (laymen's terms) my veins as being: 'Thin and rolling alot'.
In other words, they would have to leave the rubber tourney wrapped tightly around my arm, longer than others - make my veins stand out, otherwise
these people would insert the needle and poke/feel around for a vein.
What made me feel weak in the knees (to the point of almost throwing up or passing out) was when these 'butchers' would poke a vein, miss, take out
the needle, poke for a vein again, repeat at least 3-4 times.
If they didn't see the discomfort I was going through by the 2nd poking, I surely 'let them have it' by the 3 and 4th.
Then they have the NERVE to patronize me about how 'wimpy' I've been acting. At this point I'm looking at my good arm and lining my fist up with
I found out, a few times, that I was a 'guinea pig' for 'nurses in training'. I knew that they practiced on pieces of fruit like oranges and
what not, but LUCKY ME, managed to go into a clinic for bloodwork, with newbies 'cutting their teeth' so to speak, on my few good veins that I have
left. Hoh boy.
I can give blood today, without being too squeemish. As long as I inform the drooling vampire ahead of time, that I have thin/rolley veins, and make
sure we all have an understanding of two things:
1. Make the mark the first time
2. I walk out of the clinic (or pass out on the floor)...whatever comes first.