Second time is a charm

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 😉

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