that’ll be 9 vials of blood, please

this morning i went to get the blood work done that my functional wellness doctor had ordered for me two weeks ago. while i was sitting in the waiting room, one of the medical techs went into the front office and had a very long and loud conversion about my paperwork: my doctor had ordered so much blood testing that the techs were concerned they were going to mess it up trying to keep all the vials straight.

there were 3 other people in the waiting room, so i pretended the loud conversation they were having was not about me.

unlike most of the labs i’ve been to, this lab does not close doors. while sitting in the waiting room, i heard the entire conversation between the two techs and the patient before me. (hey there hipaa laws.) granted, they weren’t talking in much detail, but i still found it a bit odd.

when the tech called me back (the same one having the loud conversation about my medical forms), she was friendly and chatty and asked me to sit down while they triple checked my paper work. she told me that because of all the tests my doctor had ordered, they were concerned the chances for any sort of error on their part would require me to come back and do the process all over again. i appreciated this triple check, which involved three techs, including the receptionist (who is also a med tech), going through every inch of my form and laying out the vials in perfect order. they had to go to a storage room to get additional vials because of what i was being tested for. the entire process had three steps: one tech drew my blood, one tech tipped the vials (not exactly sure what this is about but i’m sure my nurse friends can fill me in), and one tech labeled every vial as it was handed to her. in order. one of the vials had to be wrapped in tin foil because the blood could not be exposed to light. not sure what that was testing for.

9 vials of blood later, and i was finished.

bloodwork

then we had a funny conversation about how many vials they just filled and how i wanted to take a picture of them for my blog, which none of them had ever experienced before. no surprise there: who actually takes pictures of their blood before it’s shipped to the lab? this girl.

soon, i’ll find out if i have any additional food intolerances/allergies (such as nuts, eggs, legumes, etc), if my thyroid is normal, and how many vitamin deficiencies i have. (my guess is that vitamin B will show up again as seriously lacking.)

who knew having blood drawn could be so entertaining?

 

 



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