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Small veins that run deep!

doofddoof Posts: 131
I had my pre-op today during which the usual blood pressure, blood tests etc were done. I've had trouble giving up my blood in the past and now I know why - it would seem that I have small veins which run deep! I've heard it all now.

I drink loads of water and made sure I had a couple of pints this morning (I've heard this helps 'puff' them up) but nope, they hid away and didn't want to play.

Anyone else had this problem? The last time I went into hospital they had loads of problems getting my blood, eventually the doctor sighed and said 'you will be going home covered in bruises at this rate', I looked him in the eye and said 'so will you'!



  • I love your last comment about the doc going home with bruises too. Good one.

    I don't know if it applies in your case, but I have found that stress of being in a medical establishment, coupled with the cooler temp they have there, tends to "hide" veins at the most inopportune times. One thing that has helped me, is to where a sweater or bring one with so that I can stay warm and keep the veins from disappearing.

    Anyway, best of luck.

  • I have had bruises for three months. It is due to ALL
    of my blood protecting my vital organs. Doctors are
    really stressing me out, now. In fact, the I.V. is agonizing. Usually takes a few tries, until they decide that a half-hour is long enough, and double tourniquet my arm and wrist and swim into the vein, on the back of my hand.
    Not very fun, at all! The last guy asked (out loud)
    if I had intentionally hung out in a walk-in freezer for an hour!!! So I told him my profuse sweating contraindicated that, and didn't you go to school?!?
    Good luck with the letting.
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