Re: Bruised blood draw
You have been lucky with the people taking your blood. :-) As my veins 'have the consistency of wet tissue paper' bruising is a given. But -- the type of bruising varies. If my blood is hypercoaguable on the day of the draw, then it may be a day or two before the bruise shows up. Other times, especially if the tech blows the vein, then the bruise is instant! I had a very bad experience five years ago and the woman worked for over two hours trying to get the blood. To this day, it looks like a fresh bruise. She messed up royally and quite a bit of blood went into the surrounding tissues on my arm. Depending on what trauma occurred, the bruise may take longer than normal to heal. Hopefully you won't end up with a tattoo like I did, but you don't need to worry about HIV from this experience. Who knows? They may have used too large a needle for your veins and that's why it feels and looks different. Like I said, the tech's abilities play a large factor in how you blood site looks afterwards.