Evidence of a Lab Draw…

I went in to the lab last Friday to have my labs drawn for my upcoming endo appointment. It went pretty good, nothing like one of my previous visits where nothing went as well as it should have.I went first thing in the morning. Partially because that is when it was most convenient, but also because these tests required me to fast (which is easiest at night, while I sleep…). Once at the lab, the wait was longer than I hoped for (isn’t it always?) but I was back in the draw chair before too long. The poke was a piece of cake, and I was out of there within just a few minutes.

That was about 4 days ago.

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I’m sorry – I lost this picture. Imagine a big bruise on my arm from the lab draw…


The draw itself was not bad, she did not have to “dig around” to get access or anything – overall it was a quick and easy poke. I think what caused the bruising was after she removed the needle and applied the gauze, she accidentally let up on it, releasing the pressure and letting some blood leak out under the skin. Looks nasty, but doesn’t hurt at all.

I’d like to hear about your laboratory experiences. No real reason to give us the lowdown on the good old boring stories – we want the bloody & gory stories.


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Scott K. Johnson

Patient voice, speaker, writer, advocate, and Senior Community Manager at Blue Circle Health. Living life with diabetes and telling my story. All opinions expressed are my own and do not necessarily represent my employer’s position. Read more…

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