Getting Your Blood Drawn

7 Sep

You know what kinda sucks? Getting your blood drawn.

I have had GERD (google it–it’s basically bad heartburn) my entire life, and have been on Prevacid for about 10 years now. The medicine works wonders, but a couple years ago, I thought to ask my doctor about what the potential side effects of its long-term use could be. Well, turns out, it blocks the absorption of calcium and Vitamin B…Oh, no big deal. So, my doctor ordered a complete blood panel to check everything.

So, what if I told you that she asked for the test one year ago? Ok, fine! Two years ago! EEK! That seriously cannot be good. After an intense Google search on Vit B12 deficiency, I decided that it was more than time to go get my blood drawn.

Blood doesn’t freak me out, but I certainly am not one of those freaks people who watches medical shows and geeks out on watching live surgeries (ew). So, I came up with a game plan: don’t look at the needles or anything the technician is doing and keep talking. I had to fast for the test so I scheduled it for 7am before work because you know mama aint goin’ all day without food…nope, no way!

There I am. Sitting in the chair…squeezing the tension ball and he puts the needle in my vein. (insert thank you prayer to God for giving me good, easy-to-find veins)…A little pinch, but manageable. He continues to draw blood, I continue to stare at the wall ahead and ask weird questions to prevent me from fainting (I’ve never fainted but I supposed this would help)…I think I even said, “So, are you the only employee here?” HAHA what?! Don’t judge, I was trying to concentrate on anything other than the fact that I had a leech of a needle on my arm sucking my vein dry!

“Ok, you’re all done!” Great. I then made the mistake of looking over and seeing 40 about 7 test tubes full of my blood. MAMAAAA!!! I got scared, awkwardly said bye and jet out of there!

Once I got to work, I refueled with a jalapeno bagel with veggie cream cheese (God bless bagel day at the office) and an iced americano (espresso and water..get with it!) SOOO delicious. I seriously love me some carbs!

What I don’t love is how cream cheese disappears on a bagel when the bagel is super hot. Oh, and you’re so welcome for my high quality camera phone shots. I swear one day I’ll be a legit blogger with cool pictures, but as in all things in life, sometimes you just have to make do with whatcha got! Can I get an amen?

Oh, and I should get the results back tomorrow. Pray my procrastination doesn’t bite me in the gut….(Ha! Get it?!) 😉

How are you with getting your blood drawn? Do you watch it and are fine? Or, do you pass out at the sight of blood?

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