This weekend I went to the doctor for my annual physical. I dread going for my physical because I am cursed with teeny, tiny veins. Let me explain. Every year, without fail, the nurse or technician who is assigned to draw my blood cannot find my veins. My veins are really tiny and so I have been told I am a “tough stick”.” Last year, 2 different nurses tried to draw my blood and in the end, they had to call the doctor in who in turn used the sphygmomanometer (blood pressure meter) to pump up my arm to get my veins to pop out.
This year, I told the nurse up front that I have tiny veins and thus, drawing blood can be difficult. I explained to her how it went down last year stressing that if she was not highly skilled, she should pass. She heeded my warning and said that she would summon another nurse to come do the task. In comes nurse number 2. I again warn her and let her know what the situation is. She states that she understands and starts to examine my veins. First she attempts the left arm. Realizing that the left arm was not the best, she moved over to the right arm. She makes her first attempt which was a failure. Band-aid number one is applied.
She then moves on to my right hand. She checks the veins near my wrist, and on the back of my hand decides she’s going to draw from the back of my hand. Boy did that hurt! Unfortunately, her second attempt was not successful. On goes band-aid number 2. At this point, she moves back to the left arm. She tells me she is going to try one more time. She makes attempt # 3. Failed again. At this point, she realizes that she is not going to win this battle and she summons the doctor.
When the doctor enters the room, he tells me to lay down make a fist and stick out my arm. Finally, a good vein presents itself and the nurse is finally able to draw blood. 3 band-aids later, I am done and free to go.
Next year, I am putting my foot down and will demand that a doctor or someone who is highly skilled draw my blood. I refuse to get jabbed repeatedly and do not want to go through that whole ordeal again.