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Old 09-21-2007, 11:50 AM   #1
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self-donating with small veins

I am having major surgery in a month and my surgeon wants me to self-donate. I tried yesterday but the blood flow was very slow and then clotted. I have to try again 2 more times, a week apart. Is there anything besides hydrating the day before (which I did) to help my tiny veins get bigger?
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Old 09-25-2007, 08:33 PM   #2
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Re: self-donating with small veins

PM, did your surgeon or the phlebotomist not have any suggestions? As a "hard stick" I feel your pain! However, I don't know of anything that can help besides the hydration, which definitely makes a difference but obviously wasn't enough for you.

Best of luck!

Janet

 
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