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05 November 2001 @ 08:23 pm
punctured and poisoned  
I made a fine discovery while getting blood sucked this morning: the nausea and distress that getting blood taken causes me may be physical, at least in part, instead of just a phobia. The technician needed three tubes of blood and was only able to get two out of her first puncture on the inside of my right elbow. After completely failing to raise a vein on the other side she resorted to using the back of my hand.

And there was no nausea. I did not have to close my eyes and breathe slowly to keep from keeling over. Instead I could chat with her and stare at the blood draining. Yay! This would also explain why just tapping my skin inside my elbow, trying to get a vein to rise, causes me distress. It's not just anticipation, it may have something to do with the location.

I got home and the net was still down, but katchoo_too was up and gave me a recommendation for her opthamalogist. At first it didn't look like I would be able to get an appointment, but 'my insurance runs out at midnight!' carried the day again and they squeezed me in right after lunch. Which meant I had no time to eat (having had to fast for the blood tests), so I grabbed three mini Krackels to keep from falling over and zoomed off to Sunnydale.

I could have resorted to Pearl Vision or something, but I like having my eyes looked at by a proper doctor not an assembly line. And this one had a very elaborate set of them, including a visual field test I'd never had before. I was originally only going to get contacts, but one of the staff pointed out that Sun had me eligible for two different vision benefits, and one could pay for glasses while my VSP covered new contacts.

So I now have a nine month supply of contacts and wonderful ultra light weight spring-framed glasses, having managed to exploit my insurance for $540 worth and only having to play $98. Even if I had to get the awful eye dilation as part of it -- my least favorite bit of an eye exam, wandering around with belladonna eyes.
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Jannejanne on November 6th, 2001 05:51 am (UTC)
Interesting... that's exactly the same kind of reaction I have when people stick needles in me. Inside of elbow makes me physically sick, the vein on the hand doesn't bother me. Though the nurses invariably try to convince me the hand should be more painful or something, and will fight grimly to be allowed to poke the elbow instead. I have those icky hidden veins in my arm too, and suspect I've developed that physical reaction in response to a lot of fruitless (and painful) attacks on the shy veins over the years.
Lauratavella on November 6th, 2001 09:02 am (UTC)
Yeah, but I don't *mind* pain, it's so not about the pain. I wonder how many of us there arae in this club.

I'm definitely having it done in the hand next time, never the elbow again. I asked, though, and they won't let you donate blood that way. I have successfully given blood once, but it was a hellish ordeal.