Like getting blood from a stone…

Years ago, when I was in much better health, I used to donate blood. Fortunately, I was never afraid of needles and the sight of blood didn’t particularly bother me.  It was something I could do and feel like I was making a difference (and sometimes I would get a cool t-shirt out of it!) These days, I dread getting blood drawn. My veins, which have always been tiny, are even more reluctant to cooperate now that I’ve been through chemotherapy for Breast Cancer. Complicating things further, I can only use my right arm for blood draws and blood pressure since I had a left side mastectomy(that puts me at risk for Lymphedema, so I have to be extra careful with that arm). Since my Lupus has been acting up, I’ve had to get blood drawn practically every 4-6 weeks for the past several months – and even though I tell the technicians that “I’m a tough stick” (to use their lingo), they usually don’t take me seriously until several painful pokes later. Oh, how I miss my port! Needless to say, I’m not donating blood anymore and try to steer clear of the Bloodmobile people when I see them in the grocery store parking lot. Guess I won’t be getting any more cool t-shirts 😦

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