I finally made an appointment and went in to see the doctor on Friday I could not put it off any longer since I have not been at my best lately. Today I spent my lunch hour at the lab getting my blood drawn.
When I got to the lab the receptionist was not at the front desk but the waiting area had only two people waiting making for a painless wait. Unfortunately the process of drawing blood was not as painless. I am a gigantic baby when it comes to needles that someone else has control over, I like to control my own injections whenever possible, making me itsy bitsy on edge for the whole draw my blood gig. My experiences with the highly train medical vampires does nothing to help calm me nevertheless I always go in with optimism thinking this time will be different than the last.
I rolled up my sleeve offering my arm while cautiously telling Helen, the medical vampire, that she might want to just skip the whole arm thing and use the back of my hand. Helen did not like my suggestion very much replying that she will get a vain in my arm and that she always does. I relaxed when she reached for the butterfly needle I looked up into her face and smiled while telling myself, it will really be different this time just wait and see. I re-lived in my mind’s eyes those past times when I walk out with four Band-Aids representing the four tries on my arm before they finally give up and use the back of my hand. Helen repeatedly tapped the spot making sure she is really feeling a vain before sticking me with the needle.
No blood came gushing out so, she proceeding in manipulating the needle in my flesh searching for the vain. “Let me know when this becomes unbearable” she said I felt like picking up a needle with my free arm and showing her the meaning of “unbearable” but the images of me living out the rest of my life in jail reduced me to grinding my teeth instead. My repeated moan of ouches did not stop her she continued till she found a vain well; she did say she always finds a vain.
My doctor will get the results back in three days but had asked for me to come back in to see her in a week meaning unless I am dying the doctors office will not be calling me they will just wait till I get back in to see them.