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    elliot Hello. I am sorry if I do not belong here. I am a stickee, not a sticker. If I need to be somewhere else in order to get answers to my questions, I would greatly appreciate it if someone can tell me where on the internet to go. t seems I am a phlebotomist's nightmare. I not only have poor veins; I also have Reynaud's disease, which causes significantly less blood than normal to flow to my arms and hands. My hands are usually cold, and my fingernails are ridged, cracked and thin, due to their getting so little blood. I live in IL and have to travel to GA this Wednesday to be evaluated by a doctor with regard to a degenerative disease. This particular doctor is one of the few in the country that specializes in the problem. Not long ago, her assistant set me a lab order, one for which at least 22 tubes of blood are required. He did not tell me it would take that many tubes. Knowing I present a serious challenge to phlebotomists, I called around to various places to see if any of them had an Accuvein, which I understand illuminates veins under the skin so as to purportedly make it easier for phlebotomists to locate the best vein(s) to use. The only place I could find that has one is a large hospital not far from me. I took my lab order over to them. Admitting sent the order up to the outpatient lab, and the lab supervisor as good as said "No can do." That turned out to be fine, because Medicare will not cover any of the tests, and the bill from the hospital would have been far more than I was willing to pay. I ended up going to Labcorp, at a price I could afford. They, too, were in awe when they saw how many tubes of blood they'd have to draw. My veins act like a dog that knows his owner is about to take him to the vet; he hides. As soon as I arrive at a blood lab, my veins go into hiding. I have one in the crook of my right arm that is the best one. It is large enough that it cannot hide. I had told the phlebotomist about all the problems she would face. I DID H Y D R A T E. Believe me, I did, and I began doing so the day before the stick. I hydrated enough that I voided 5 times that night, and as soon as I awoke, I began drinking again. Using an I do not know what size needle--I only know it was not a butterfly, and that it was not the largest gauge needle I've seen, she stuck me in that vein. I think she got it the first time, but after it had delivered 3 tubes of blood, that was all it would deliver. She found another vein on my left arm, and got an additional 3 tubes from that one. There was another phleb there, and both of them tried to find more veins to draw from. But that ended up being it for the day. Six tubes...out of the needed twenty-two. I need to make it clear that LabCorp was my only choice of labs, because they had the only price I could afford. The first phleb, who is the Lab supervisor, said to give it a day and then come back to try for more. Today was the day they tried for more. I had remembered, by that time, that I have a nice, fat vein on the inside of each forearm. I showed them those, and they said they looked good, but that they were first going to try another couple of places on the backs of my arms. No go with those veins, so they decided to go for the veins I just mentioned. This time, they used a blue butterfly. I'm not sure why they did that, since on the previous day, my veins had quickly dried up. But I gave them the benefit of the doubt. They were able to get less than half a tube from each vein. One vein blew, though it was clear they were not going to get any more out of it. In the afternoon, they called me to say that both tubes had hemolyzed, so they could not do the serum tests they were supposed to do. I have read a fair amount on the internet written by phlebs, and I see replies from phlebs about difficult or impossible blood draws like, "She/he should have done this or this." and "She shouldn't have done that. You are NEVER supposed to do that." etc. I don't know what to think. At LabCorp that's all they do. Draw blood. All day and all year long. Today there were at least 5 phlebotomists on the job. Three of them tried; three of them had no success. Okay, what is my question to you? It is this, unsurprisingly: Am I "stuck" with being a difficult to impossible draw for the rest of my life? Is there anything short of getting a port (which I would not do) that can allow phlebotomists to get blood out of me? (Sorry, I forgot to add that this was hardly the first time phlebotomists have had a hard time with me. It's par for the course. Blood comes slowly. Veins clot and blow.) Thank you, everyone, most kindly.
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      elliot I am sorry, everyone! I did not know my post would appear monollthic! It lokks terribly hard and annoying to read. I would NEVER have posted somethinng that way. So sorryy. Elliot
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