Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Poke, poke, poke

Took Isaac to a lab for some routine blood tests. It took three pokes by two phlebotomists at three different sites plus some subcutaneous probing to finally get some blood. His veins are very tiny and his baby pudge makes it especially difficult. Isaac was pretty hysterical, and I hated being a party to his torture by holding him down. After the second attempt they asked whether I wanted to try again, and I let them go ahead one last time. Success, but then his vein blew before the phlebotomist was quite done. She's hopeful that she got enough for each of the tests. Here's hoping we don't have to do this again. A quick nurse afterward, and Isaac felt much better.

This experience only increases my respect of the phlebotomists at Primary's last year. Both in the hospital and as an outpatient, they did the job in one quick draw and made it look easy. They were really, really good.

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