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Probably not the worst stick ever... (207.0) - Mark's Journal
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Probably not the worst stick ever... (207.0)

The phlebotomist who stuck me at the blood drive took forever drawing crosshairs on my arm, but then he missed. I appreciated that instead of digging around, he called over a senior nurse. She made a quick adjustment. A little twinge, but not too bad.

Apparently I really started to slow down at the end, though. A couple of nurses were scratching their heads and making me twirl the little squeezy ball instead of squeezing it. Maybe not enough water this morning, or maybe low blood pressure. (It was on the low side today even for me.)

Enjoying my traditional post-donation lunch at the Lincoln Street Diner a block away. Chris smoked some pork out back for today's pulled pork sandwich. Good stuff!

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kaitl From: kaitl Date: May 24th, 2012 06:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've had a lot of blood drawn in the last few months b/c of the pregnancy and the quality of phlebotomists varies drastically. My first one was awesome. Second one was obviously rushing (I had to wait over 30 minutes to get called back for a 2 minute draw) and left me with a huge bruise. Third one was somewhere in between.

Jealous of your lunch! Sounds delicious :)
dansr From: dansr Date: May 24th, 2012 08:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
I wish I knew you had been so close to my house. We could have gotten together.
theidolhands From: theidolhands Date: May 24th, 2012 10:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Due to medication, I can't donate blood anymore, but good on you for doing it. I would, if I could.

Once at a medical facility they pinched a nerve in my arm, it took 6 months for that to completely heal and at the time I didn't know what was going on...
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