The Mad Poller What Polls at Midnight (maeincarnate) wrote,
The Mad Poller What Polls at Midnight

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They call her "Thumbs"

I'd like to give a shout out to my girl Shana, the all-thumbs Red Cross by-the-hour Blood Extraction Specialist for not only having trouble finding one of the hundreds of veins that shine through my paper-thin skin, but for managing to shove it in all crooked, causing immense pain, total arm numbness and full body shaking. When she saw the look of panic and the eyeliner tears streaming down my face, she told me that it was alright and it was going to be over in one second, as soon as I can give her a couple of squeezes of my fist. I managed to utter, "I can't move my hand."

She seemed to think this was some sort of insult on her ability, and asked if I wanted a second opinion on whether or not the needle was in right. I said I didn't want a second opinion, I just wanted the damn thing out.

What pisses me off most about this, more than the pain in my left inner elbow or the coldness of my fingers or even the sleepy feeling I'm experiencing, they treated me like it was my fault that this happened. They assumed it was my first time giving blood and that I was nervous and panicky. It was *not* my first time giving blood, I was *not* nervous and I only panicked when I lost feeling in my extremities.

People mess up. That's understandable. But don't tell me it's my problem. And don't worry so much about the other people giving blood seeing someone in the room not having a pleasant and eventless experience that they become afraid. And don't try to fix the situation by just making me laugh. Or by giving me cookies. I don't want your god damn cookies. I don't want any fucking pretzels either.
Tags: rant

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