doesn't negotiate with terriers
- Sep 15, 2013
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I've only had one bad experience. I was in for an alcohol detox years ago (plus other non alcohol related complications so I ended up in A&E) ... the duty doctor clearly was keen on piss heads like me and, if I'm being honest, I don't blame him. Hospital staff have enough patients to worry about who aren't there through there own fault.I've had that 'un. Also a dental one where the needle has to go into one's nostril!
My worst felt one, though, was from a particularly sadistic nurse, taking a blood sample, when she used quite a "wide" cannula up in the 'web' between my index and second finger of my right hand.
Now that hurt!
I was wheeled into a side room, an older fella doctor who looked like Richard Dawkins came in and gave me a very cross look, I was embarrassed with myself so left him to it. The first needle he put in, he rotated it while it was inside me which was extremely painful and caused me to cry out .. my entire left hand was covered in blood. I apologised to him for shouting out and he grinned then he told a nurse to clean me up who also gave me a studied filthy look and tossed some tissue on a table next to me and said "You can clean yourself up" .. so I got off the bed on wheels when they'd left and washed the blood off my hand .. I knew they were being horrible to me on purpose, a short sharp shock treatment to tell me to stop being such a dick. I could have deliberately not cleaned my hand, taken a pic of it with my phone and been a dick by reporting them when I was being wheeled up to the ward to become an inpatient but the truth is, this was mostly my own fault and the were rescuing me. Then he came back into the room and said "Sorry, there's another one I forgot" .... at this point, I'd realised I was dealing with an over worked, over tired doctor who I'm 99% sure to this day had deliberately decided to be sadistic to me but what can you do? .. other than cause a scene? .. punch him in self defence? (and then security would have wheeled me out sharpish because I was a piece of shit alcoholic/alcohol dependant) ... so the second needle went into my right arm, then out of my skin then back in again and he took my blood again that way. It didn't hurt or make such a mess this time ..
People who know, both professionals and 'seasoned' patients (which I wasn't but I am an ex NHS ward worker) will tell you that most doctors are notoriously crap at taking bloods. They have to when they have to and that's it, so anyone reading this who wants to minimise discomfort levels or is just frankly flat out terrified (fair enough) ... think of an as non disruptive way as possible to ask if a nurse can take your bloods instead if and when you're not lucky enough to get a phlebotomist doing it instead. You rarely even feel it when a phlebotomist does it.