I had my monthly bloodletting today to treat the polycythemia that puts me at increased risk for blood clots.
Today I worked with a new group of staff, an instructor and two students.
I warned the instructor I was a difficult stick and sometimes required a second stick. She assured me it would be okay.
Guess what happened?
She seemed a little flustered when one arm started to give blood but then stopped (in spite of her efforts).
I assured her it was okay to try the other arm. I’m aware this is always a possibility and accept that fact.
Keep in mind, we’re not talking about the needle they use when taking blood for a test. These needles are almost wide enough to use to drink out of a juice box.
Fortunately, my other arm worked much better.
I did what I always do. I cracked jokes and made it a teachable moment for everyone.
This is one of the few times I get to interact with people outside my home. The least I can do is make it a pleasant experience.
I’m gonna rest now. I feel drained 😉