So I went to have a blood test, only routine, yesterday. I dread these tests because I'm what's called in medical parlance "a difficult poke." Only once or twice in my life have I gone in and had my blood drawn on first try. I'm not squeamish about needles, thank heavens, but the older I get the older it gets. And, there's something else that bothers me about this whole process.
I have lived in my body for 100% of the time that my body has been around. I know it better than anyone else. Therefore I know that the most successful place for them to draw blood is on my right arm using the side vein. I can even point to approximately where they should go in. But ... they seem to think that my advice is simply sound and noise.
Yesterday I went through three different lab technicians. The first I told and she tried the left arm, centre vein. After failing there she prodded up and down my arms and on my hand. She left. Another came in. I told her where to try. She explored several sites and tried on my right hand. I don't like getting needles in my hand because it really hurts. The arm doesn't bother me at all, but the hand HURTS. She was unsuccessful and prodded a few more times and left. The third technician came in and prodded up and down my arms and then asked me again to show her where to try. She shrugged her shoulders, picked up a needle, stuck it in and took my blood.
All in all I was in there a very long time, had several needles and three different people come in to attempt to get blood. I wonder what happens to some who work in medicine that they become immune to the voices of patients. I wonder why they seem to think that my expertise in being 'the one with veins' is of less worth than their expertise in being 'the one with the needle.'
Anyone have any idea?