My Numbers were Good

@RubyHawk (29419)
Atlanta, Georgia
April 26, 2017 8:02pm CST
Yesterday I had to go for protime. It's just a little stick in the finger and I don't mind. My blood was exactly in the middle so I wont have to go for another month. While I was there I also had to have blood drawn for my doctor. I told the nurse to choose the smallest needle and he just smiled. He drew five vials and I asked him if he was going to take it all. But he said no, he would leave plenty for me. He's a really nice guy and didn't hurt me at all. I'm lucky to have good experienced people in the laboratory. Not all health care workers are experienced or caring. How do you like your laboratory technician?
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@Happy2BeMe (74936)
• Canada
27 Apr 17
The last one I had was really good. She was very pleasant and I hardly felt a thing. She didn't even leave a mark. The one I had before left my arm a mess. I had a huge bruise and it hurt something awful.
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@RubyHawk (29419)
• Atlanta, Georgia
27 Apr 17
I used to have the same thing until I found this laboratory. it makes all the difference.
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@Happy2BeMe (74936)
• Canada
27 Apr 17
@RubyHawk that is what my arm looked like the next day.she tried both sides so there were bruises on both sides of my arm.
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• Banks, Oregon
27 Apr 17
@Happy2BeMe Ouch that looks awful
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@Marty1 (36177)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
27 Apr 17
@rubyhawk I detest blood tests because I have such small veins and they have to poke me two or three times. I think they shrunk because I was a similar medicine to you and had to get my prime every two weeks.They didn't have as much trouble with the blood
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@RubyHawk (29419)
• Atlanta, Georgia
27 Apr 17
When you go in start making a fist and squeezing as hard as you can. That makes your veins pop out.. Keep your fist until they stop drawing blood. That works for me.
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@Marty1 (36177)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
27 Apr 17
@RubyHawk They have me grip the edge of the work spot, and it still doesn't work. One time got so bad I was poked four times and told to come back another day. I dreaded the day I was to go back.
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@RubyHawk (29419)
• Atlanta, Georgia
28 Apr 17
@Marty1 I'm so sorry. No wonder you dread going back. So would I.
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@ridingbet (59601)
• Philippines
27 Apr 17
by protime, do you mean prothrombin time? when i have my PTPA, a 3cc syringe is used to extract blood from my forearm.
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@RubyHawk (29419)
• Atlanta, Georgia
28 Apr 17
When I say protime I mean having my finger stuck to see if my blood is too thick or too thin. I don't know what Prothrombin is. It might be the same thing.
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@ridingbet (59601)
• Philippines
28 Apr 17
@RubyHawk i think protime and prothrombin time are one and the same. prothrombin is for clotting of blood. i have my PTPA (prothrombin time, prothrombin activity) to show my clotting time because i take Coumadin, an anticougulant.
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@RubyHawk (29419)
• Atlanta, Georgia
1 May 17
@ridingbet I also take Coumadin so it's the same test.
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@shshiju (10567)
• Cochin, India
27 Apr 17
There are many laboratories here ranging from standard and less standard . I don't want play with my life to go the not popular one. But I think inspection and checking clearance should be make to start the lab.
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@RubyHawk (29419)
• Atlanta, Georgia
28 Apr 17
That's right. standards should be inforced, and I believe they are. I think some health care workers just don't care If they hurt their patients..
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@shshiju (10567)
• Cochin, India
28 Apr 17
@RubyHawk Yes They. Always act like they are in rush.
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@RubyHawk (29419)
• Atlanta, Georgia
1 May 17
@shshiju Sometimes they are rushed. But they should take care anyway.
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@Nawsheen (22958)
• Mauritius
27 Apr 17
You are for sure lucky to have such an understanding laboratory technician. I once went for a blood test in a laboratory and they made a mistake when submitting my report. In the report it was stated that my blood sugar level was 18. It came like a shock to me. I just couldn't believe it as i had no symptoms of diabetes. I just went to the laboratory technician and told him that those figures are for sure not good. He got it checked and told me that his staff wrongly entered it on the computer. I was so frustrated that day and never went to this lab again
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@RubyHawk (29419)
• Atlanta, Georgia
28 Apr 17
Neither would I go to that lab again.You might have been prescribed medication that killed you if you hadn't protested. Sometimes we must speak up when something doesn't look right.
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@Nawsheen (22958)
• Mauritius
28 Apr 17
@RubyHawk i knew that something was wrong. I guess the staffs have learned their lessons and now pays more attention
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@RubyHawk (29419)
• Atlanta, Georgia
1 May 17
@Nawsheen I certainly hope so. Someone was very remiss.
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@fishtiger58 (30319)
• Momence, Illinois
27 Apr 17
Good to hear. I have been lucky with my health ( knock on wood ) I'm almost 59 and haven't had any major medical problems Lets hope that continues.
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@RubyHawk (29419)
• Atlanta, Georgia
28 Apr 17
You are lucky, some of my sisters are the same. One of my sisters and myself seem to be the unlucky ones in our family, but we can't complain, we're still alive and kicking.
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@fishtiger58 (30319)
• Momence, Illinois
30 Apr 17
@RubyHawk That's the main thing.
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@RubyHawk (29419)
• Atlanta, Georgia
1 May 17
@fishtiger58 it really is.
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@LadyDuck (176819)
• Switzerland
27 Apr 17
All those I have met at our lab are very nice and experimented. I never had problems.
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@RubyHawk (29419)
• Atlanta, Georgia
28 Apr 17
That's great. To me the hospital seems to be the worst place for having blood drawn. Labs are better I think.
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@LadyDuck (176819)
• Switzerland
28 Apr 17
@RubyHawk We always go to the hospital, the lab is inside the hospital and they are great there. In case of need we can also go to see our doctor, they all have a lab also.
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@RubyHawk (29419)
• Atlanta, Georgia
1 May 17
@LadyDuck one of my doctors has a lab and they are very good.
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@theBlock (2707)
• United States
27 Apr 17
@RubyHawk I-think-it's-time-for-me-to-give-some-blood....So-far-my-technicians-were-cordial....
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@RubyHawk (29419)
• Atlanta, Georgia
28 Apr 17
Do you give blood for the blood bank. That's a cool thing to do. Kudos to you.
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@theBlock (2707)
• United States
28 Apr 17
@RubyHawk I-give-blood-twice-a-year....I-hope-I-don't-run-out-of-blood
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@RubyHawk (29419)
• Atlanta, Georgia
1 May 17
@theBlock I certainly hope you don't run out of blood. I used to offer my blood but they wouldn't take it.
@celticeagle (119870)
• Boise, Idaho
27 Apr 17
I always ask for the smaller needle too. Is the difference between semi unpleasant experience and a horrible one. I have had some good lab techs where I go. Will be going for my annual check up and have some drawn in another month or so.
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@RubyHawk (29419)
• Atlanta, Georgia
28 Apr 17
Semi is better than horrible. Good luck with your annual check up.
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@celticeagle (119870)
• Boise, Idaho
28 Apr 17
@RubyHawk ....Yes, it is. Thanks.
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@RubyHawk (29419)
• Atlanta, Georgia
1 May 17
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• Banks, Oregon
27 Apr 17
sounds like it wasnt as bad as it sometimes can be
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@RubyHawk (29419)
• Atlanta, Georgia
27 Apr 17
No it was fine, no problems at all
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• Banks, Oregon
27 Apr 17
@RubyHawk Thats good it looks like sometimes it can be pretty bad and take time to heal
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@RubyHawk (29419)
• Atlanta, Georgia
28 Apr 17
@chrissbergstrom Yes, I sometimes have bruises that take weeks to heal.
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@just4him (127251)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
28 Apr 17
She did a good job today, no complaints. I'm glad you had a good technician
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@RubyHawk (29419)
• Atlanta, Georgia
28 Apr 17
Thanks, I'm glad too.
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@Susan2015 (21719)
• United States
27 Apr 17
Mostly they are very good and fast.
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@RubyHawk (29419)
• Atlanta, Georgia
28 Apr 17
Lucky you, mine are too, but I've had some that were anything but.
@JudyEv (134907)
• Bunbury, Australia
27 Apr 17
I'm sure he enjoys your happy words when you go to visit.
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@RubyHawk (29419)
• Atlanta, Georgia
28 Apr 17
I suppose everyone needs a break once in a while. He's a good guy. I would hate to lose him.
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@andriaperry (58883)
• United States
27 Apr 17
Mine leaves a huge bruise
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@RubyHawk (29419)
• Atlanta, Georgia
28 Apr 17
Yes. I saw the picture of your bruised arm yesterday. It looked bad.
• Philippines
27 Apr 17
Was this guy a nurse or a doctor? good thing he had good and soft hands. Some simply are hard to find the roots.
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@RubyHawk (29419)
• Atlanta, Georgia
28 Apr 17
Actually he's a lab technician.He knows his job and he thinks about the patients comfort.
@PatZAnthony (13057)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
27 Apr 17
Not having a laboratory technician in particular to mention, I have to say though you are right. Not all are created (or care to be) equal. Some are terrible at finding where they are supposed to be putting that needle, aren't they?
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@RubyHawk (29419)
• Atlanta, Georgia
28 Apr 17
Some technicians truly are. I suppose it's like all other jobs. They simply aren't cut out for that kind of work.
@hostessman (9982)
• Tucson, Arizona
27 Apr 17
it is good to hear things are looking pretty good, mine is ok as far as drawing blood
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@RubyHawk (29419)
• Atlanta, Georgia
28 Apr 17
Good for you, hope it stays that way. I'm not having problems now either.
@sallypup (28583)
• Moses Lake, Washington
27 Apr 17
I am the one in the corner screaming. No and no. Stay away from me with the needles. I feel the needle all the time it is in my vein. I'm glad you did well on your tests.
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@RubyHawk (29419)
• Atlanta, Georgia
28 Apr 17
Thanks, I used to dread it more than now. I'm used to needles but I want an efficient person on the other end of the needle.
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@Tampa_girl7 (26225)
• United States
27 Apr 17
It seems that they frequently have trouble finding a vein on me.
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@RubyHawk (29419)
• Atlanta, Georgia
27 Apr 17
That's sometimes a problem. I find it helps if I begin squeezing my fist when I go in and continue until they take the needle out.
@shivamani10 (11188)
• Hyderabad, India
27 Apr 17
You are lucky. You donate something for the poor. They are in need of your blood
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@RubyHawk (29419)
• Atlanta, Georgia
27 Apr 17
No, it was to study my health problems. I will get the results in a few days.