Monday, June 16, 2008

Almost Completed Mastiff

I was trying to post the final stage on this one, but I've been so slow that I thought I'd better show you an almost completed version.

I had to have a blood test today prior to going in hospital at the end of the month. Getting blood from me is every nurse's worst nightmare. Today I really excelled myself, nurse 1 had four attempts before passing me on, nurse 2 had 2 attempts before admitting defeat and sending for a Doctor. The Doctor ignored all the usual places and went into the side of my wrist where he hit gold and creared a positive torrent. It never ceases to amaze me that if I get the tiniest paper cut I can soak everything with blood in seconds, show my veins a needle and they sink out of sight refusing to yield a drop.

5 comments:

Paulette said...

Looking really great!

kay susan said...

What a nice, typical pose you caught there! Look forward to seeing the finished article.

I know exactly what you mean about the blood letting - I ask them to take it from the veins on the back of my hand, but they always insist on trying the inside of the elbow! Why do they always assume the patient knows nothing?

"JeanneG" said...

Your baby is beautiful. I just want to grab and hug. I have most of my blood tests taken from the top of my hand. It's the only place they can get the vein the first time. I am scared silly of needles and would have to be buried if it took that many tries. The most I had was 4. I just about had a heart attack.

Good luck on your surgery. Keep up the good work on your art.

Katherine Tyrrell said...

I'm the same. I always try and get my blood drawn by the phlebotomists who almost always get it right first time.

Cecelia said...

I'm in the same boat about the needles! I had 6 people one time poking my legs, feet, hands and arms, all at once, trying to get an IV in! The last time I went to the hospital for a stomach ache, the nurse couldn't get an IV in so she called a nurse in from ICU. He wanted to put it in my head! I said No Way! So, I got no treatment.
I've learned that, if they put a heat pack on my arm or hand first, that usually helps. I was also told that I have one good place in my arm, but I have to drop my hand and turn it, otherwise they are going through cartilege and that doesn't work. Once in a while, I get someone who can hit it right away. I am so grateful for those people!
I usually faint when they probe.