... and that's why I take control of blood draws now. I no longer care what they think of me. Don't get me wrong, I'm as polite as I can be, but will get stubborn if pushed. These are MY arms, and I have to live with whatever they do to me - they get to go home without having to live with it.
I tell them that I need the most experienced person - in other words, if this is your first week or even your first year, don't even try it. Practice on the easy to draw people, not me. I also now just short of insist on the butterfly needles (because of my specific issues with folding veins).
My set rules are absolutely NO FISHING for the vein. One stick is all anyone gets. I don't need hambuger meat for an arm. And again, I"m the one that has to get through this, not them. I politely tell them beforehand that they get only one try, and no fishing for the vein. Sometimes that gets the person doing the draw to stop right there and go get someone else, but I'm always very patient when they start going to get others. I"ll sit there for a while waiting for them, and thank them profusely for coming to my rescue.
Starting an IV is even worse because of the rolling and folding veins, but I haven't had to have one in many years now fortunately.
Herb only treatment for Lyme & Bart ended 12/11 - no active symptoms for 2 yrs -Herb only treatment for Babesia ended 12/12www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=30&m=2977364
Had Lyme, Bart, Babs, RMSF, Ehrlichia, Myco, Anaplasmosis, EBV
New Lyme case 8/2014 - Healed 1/31/15 - unknowingly had Asymptomatic Babs and Asymptomatic Bart, being treated now though (2/2016)