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Old 04-16-2009, 05:50 PM   #1
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Tried to have blood taken and it didn't work

I went to have my cholesterol checked today and I had fasted 12 hours. Two different nurses tried to take my blood and they poked about 9 times and couldn't get a vein. My arms hurt and burned. I finally said just stop! They put bandaids on both arms and told me I must not have drank enough water or was dehydrated. I was so mad and very frustrated. We never got the blood drawn. I will have to try another day. Has anyone else had this happen?

 
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I went to have my cholesterol checked today and I had fasted 12 hours. Two different nurses tried to take my blood and they poked about 9 times and couldn't get a vein. My arms hurt and burned. I finally said just stop! They put bandaids on both arms and told me I must not have drank enough water or was dehydrated. I was so mad and very frustrated. We never got the blood drawn. I will have to try another day. Has anyone else had this happen?

 
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yes, went to get blood drawn it wouldnt *** out when it finally did it was coming out very slow and in clots.

 
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This happens to me all the time. I have hard to find veins. They want to roll and hide...I usually get them to take it from my forearm or the back of my hand...OUCH...it hurts there...Yes sometimes it flows very slow. Get them to use a butterfly next time. Or a baby syringe. They will know what a butterfly is. It has a tube with a smaller needle attached. It works for me. I used to come out of the lab with bandaids all over too.....

Drinking a glass or 2 of water before you go helps. Or a quick walk around the office or building helps to stimulate the blood to flow faster and your veins might surface easier too.

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