Friday, March 1, 2013

Worst possible thing to say.

Today I went to the doctor and had some bloodwork done.

Now, for some reason I have teeny tiny little flat veins.  Which  means, you basically can't get any blood out of my arms--you have to go in through the back of my hand with a butterfly needle. (I usually tell the phlebotomists this up front.)

Well, today my phlebotomist was like, "Let me see if I can just find one in your arm..."

She poked around desperately.  Nope.  Nothing.

So she reluctantly went in through my hand.

And said...

"UH OH."

There's a Bill Cosby skit about the worst thing to hear a doctor say during surgery--"oops!"--and needless to say, I was scared to death.  I can't handle needles well, so I couldn't turn my head to actually LOOK at what she was uh-ohing...so I'll never know...

She made me run my other hand under hot water for a few minutes to warm it up so she could try again.  I guess my cold hands and tiny, flat veins just don't make a good combination.

Needless to say, she got the blood she needed and I didn't bleed out all over her floor.  So it was a good day.

1 comment:

streetlite_babe said...

I have the same problem so I instituted the two strikes your out rule, two tries for a needle/IV and I make them send someone else in. Also, no doctor are allowed to poke me, they do not do it enough to get it first try. And if i'm on good terms with the nurse, I make her use a pediatric one.