For as long as I can remember, it’s never been easy to take my blood. It can take as many as ten attempts, and I’m left sore and bruised afterwards.
My veins seem to hide away, and even when I spent three weeks in hospital a few years ago when very ill, and had to have blood taken and drips and tubes in me 24/7, it didn’t get any easier. I remember screaming out in pain when they started taking it from the back of my hand.
It’s not uncommon for me to leave a blood test as pictured above, with a cotton bud on both arms or on one with a plaster on the other. It’s not nice, obviously. Sometimes the nurse will go and fetch another nurse to have a go. I’m left sore and bruised, while other people think I’m just a wuss, because they get it taken much easier. They don’t know the struggle!
I’ve been told that the nurse shouldn’t persist past three attempts, but as it’s not unusual to take five attempts before we get a little dribble of blood, I put up with it so I can at least have the blood tested. I’ve also been told that once the needle is in, it shouldn’t be moved around, but this happens. You’re meant to take it out and start again if necessary.
I wondered if there was a link between thyroid problems, poor circulation, adrenal problems etc. and issues having blood taken, so I asked in my Facebook group, and many replied saying they have the same issue. So I did some researching online.
I only had to google ‘problem having blood taken’ and links for thyroid sites came up.
But nothing was conclusive. There doesn’t seem to be any direct link.
I drink plenty of water, so it’s not dehydration. I walk to the doctors so I’m very warm on arrival and have blood pumping well. So it’s not that either! I’m not sure what else I can try.
It’s just such a pain. I won’t let it be taken from my hand again though, I know that much.
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