A Little More Fearful...I am not crazy about going to the doctor as it is. Thankfully, I only have to go for my check ups. I am rarely ever sick. Which is good because I have to deal with Ptsd, that's bad enough.
I had my 6 month check up yesterday. It was also time for lab work. They need my blood for this. I don't like seeing blood being taken out of me, so I just never look. I always turn away. I have never had any major problems when they need my blood. I'm not crazy about it, but it's never been a big deal.
Well, yesterday, they had major problems trying to get my blood!!! First the nurse, tried in my left arm. It didn't work.. I remember that nurse from the year before. She doesn't like to draw blood. We use to have to go to the hospital to do the lab blood work whenever this particular nurse would be working at the doctors office.
Well, as soon as she see's that she can't get blood from that arm, she calls my doctor. I was thinking, "Hmmm, why is she bothering him with this, why didn't she just try on my other arm?" So the doctor comes in. I then have to get poked in my hand, which I already know from experience, this is slightly more painful. I didn't complain, I just let them do their thing. Now, that hurt. Not just the poke, but the doctor is doing something painful to my hand. Finally, he struck blood. I'm sitting there patiently, waiting and waiting. Finally, I ask, "Are you getting anywhere doc?" He explains that yes, he is BUT it takes longer on the hand. So, I'm like ok, just be patient LIly, haha!!! I swear that took a good what seemed like 10 minutes. Unfortunately, they only get one tube, that's not enough. Then he said, "Well, we're gonna have to try again." So they try on my other arm, which is fine with me because I prefer my arm anyway, it's less painful. Well, that's dry too. For some reason my veins keep collapsing. So then they try on my other hand, same thing. My veins keep rolling on them or collapsing. Now he is really hurting me, moving that thing all around in my vein, trying to draw blood. He then takes that out and tries in my other arm. Again, nothing but pain. Now I'm not a complainer, I just take it. All I would do was close my eyes tightly because I was hurting!!! Or I would jerk a little. The doc would say, "Are you ok Lily?" I would say, "Yes, I'm ok," but I wasn't , lol.
Well, all together, I got poked 5 times. Twice in one arm, twice in each hand and once in my other arm. He asked me, "Do you want be to try once more, or do you want me to wait a few days?' OF COURSE, I SAID, LET'S WAIT A FEW DAYS, LOL!!!!!
So I didn't have a big fear of them drawing my blood. Now I am more nervous about it. My hands and arms are bruised and they are tender. I called the doctor to ask if we could wait until the weekend was over to get poked again. That will give my arms and hands time to heal a little.
I did ask then why did that happen to me. It had never happened before. The said, that I could dehydrated. Which is possible because I really don't drink water like I use too. Water has always been my favorite drink. Now, I drink Sprite Zero and a little water. I thought fluids were fluids but not according to this nurse. So, now I will drink more water. I know, that I probably do not drink enough fluids. Now we don't know yet if this is why my veins were collapsing on me but we will find out soon enough after my lab work comes in.