When I was in the lab, I told the phlebotomist who called me back (before she started) that both sides were equally bad. I guess she thought I was kidding, so she got a normal (non-butterfly) needle. She got so excited when she found a vein in my left elbow and she finished getting her supplies prepared.
It wasn’t long before she realized that when I said bad, I meant horrible. She switched to the smaller (blue) adult butterfly and tried for the same vein on the opposite side. And guess what happened?! Nothing. Well, nothing except the pain of her digging in my arm with a sharp implement.
She told me I was being nice & most people don’t behave that way when they can’t hit them. I told her I expect it on any draw. (I do.) I also told her that I would be her toughest case this week. It wouldn’t be a jump to say this month or this year. Even saying of the person’s entire career wouldn’t be exaggerating.
People remember my veins.
Anyway, she had another person come in & she found a viable one on my right hand. They told me to say go in the hand the next time, which might sound like good idea except that they really aren’t any better than any other spot. The only thing consistent about any vein on my body is that it will be a hard vein to stick.
I just wish that phlebotomists & others who stick me would realize I’m not joking or taunting them about my veins. If they’d go into the blood draw in the mind frame that this will be hard & they need to be more cautious, it might take fewer people to do them.1
Anyway, I hope that they got enough blood to do the test.
This isn’t me speculating. You remember the part about people remembering my veins? When they do, they’re more careful & can usually hit them more easily. ↩