why it pays to pay attention

so today i had to give blood, and lots of it. its just routine pregnancy bloodwork but i didn’t realize how much blood they would take. im all for tattoos and piercings but try to take my blood and i freak out just a little. but for this little one, i will do anything so bring on the needles and vials i said. i had never given so much blood at once (8 vials) so i took a picture to document the experience.

20130124-195140.jpgat the end of the blood draw, the phlebotomist (person who takes the blood- gonna call her phleb for short)┬áis supposed to show you that they are stickering your blood vials with your name. after all this could be life changing once they run those tests ! i thought it was odd, that tgirl told me that the phleb took too many. i didnt recall her adding any extra vials before drawing my blood, so it should have been just 8. she had 4 vials with a red and black top but i could have sworn i only was supposed to get 3 taken. i told her my concern but she said oh no its fine, its not bad if we have more blood than we need, and we sticker them so they don’t get mixed up. i wasn’t relieved so after i left i checked my picture and saw that she only had 3 vials like i remembered.

i went back in and tried to explain that i wasn’t crazy but i think there was a mixup. she said no we sticker them so you know which one yours is and she would dispose of the extra so i could see. she didn’t understand that i meant that i thought my sticker on someone elses vial. i showed her my picture and explained to her and picked one of my vials off the rack to check and sure enough the phleb had accidentally put my sticker over someone else’s sticker. imagine if i had just left and didn’t think twice about it! what if they tested the other person’s blood and my doctor called and told me i had some crazy rare disease and they started treating me for it !!! its not just me they would have been misdiagnosing, i got a baby trying to develop here ! she asked if i wanted to get redrawn but having not eaten and having taken out so much all at once, i said no not right now. so appointment tomorrow to give some more blood. :/

and in the future i wont ever feel bad about asking my questions.

 

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You really wana know

I know you want to know, I wanted to know, and now that I’ve had the ultrasound appointment – I know. And he knows. And the lab tech knows. And for you cuties that keep calling and texting my mom- she doesn’t know lol. Yes I have kept it from her too. I promise she really doesn’t know, she did try to find out, I do admire her perseverance and determination but I didn’t let the secret slip.

I really don’t mean to tease you guys I just wanted to do something cute. All this Pinterest searching and I find all these cute ideas that I HAVE to try, and we didn’t do cute pregnancy announcements and we can’t have a gender reveal party so let me be a little cute and do a gender reveal another way. I promise you’ll know soon.

I can tell you however that the baby is 8 oz, and is a beautiful little angel. I almost didn’t find out actually; baby’s little legs were closed. The lab tech eventually gave me an answer though. I also got to see the heart and its four chambers, the two little feet, the long legs, the ribs and spine and kidneys and the arms and hands. Love. Love. Love. All we want is a healthy baby and I know that’s all you want too, so be happy for now that you know that much; that our baby is healthy and beautiful.
Doctors appointment next week, and giving blood today.