Friday, October 23, 2015
More Body Parts Selfies
I went to the lab a couple of days ago for blood work (and pee-work, and whatever else work). When it came time to draw blood, the technician asked, "Which arm do they usually use?" I said, "I think it's usually the right one, but I have shingles and it extends down my right arm almost to my elbow. I'm worried about tying off some of the shingles."
"OK," she said, "then we'll go with the left arm." She tried and tried to draw blood, but it wouldn't flow. The above pic is what my left arm looks like where she tried.
I said, "Go with the right arm. It'll be OK." And it was, as far as the tying off. The technician said, "Ah, now I see why they use this side."
She stuck in the needle and still no blood flowed into the hypodermic. She pushed it side to side and up and down. She said, "Doesn't this hurt?" And I said, "Yes."
Suddenly, blood started to flow through the hypodermic needle. She said, "Operator error. I didn't go deep enough."
I think she went through one vein and into another. Below is how my right arm looks.