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StarrySouls

704d

i need to get blood work to figure out my nutrition levels (fuck gastroparesis) but with both my hEDS + sensory processing disorder (and some medical trauma but i'm doing better with that) make getting my blood drawn painful and panic inducing. my veins blow easy and are small as well so quite a few people struggle taking my blood or getting in an IV (bless some nurses/docs for doing it quick though). anyone have tips for this?

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    • Dragonrollz

      703d

      You want to try to hydrate to aid with your over all health & gastroparesis~ it’s weird because when my gastroparesis is flaring I feel more dehydrated maybe from malnutrition but whenever it’s bad I eat baby food just to aid my body a little more & maybe it’ll help find a vein?? I sometimes sit there before blood draws & try to get the blood flow to my arm going because they’ve blown a lot of veins in my arms from not being able to see them or the vessel was too weak. I hope you find something that helps

    • Dragonrollz

      703d

      You want to try to hydrate to aid with your over all health & gastroparesis~ it’s weird because when my gastroparesis is flaring I feel more dehydrated maybe from malnutrition but whenever it’s bad I eat baby food just to aid my body a little more & maybe it’ll help find a vein?? I sometimes sit there before blood draws & try to get the blood flow to my arm going because they’ve blown a lot of veins in my arms from not being able to see them or the vessel was too weak. I hope you find something that helps

    • Leafyy

      704d

      Yes keep yourself hydrated. Also yes fuck Gastroparesis and hEDS. Both suck. Let the phlebotomist know your fears and concerns.

    • EeveeMae

      704d

      Also, you probably already do this, but be super honest and up front when you go to get it done. Let them know that you have had issues in the past and that you’re nervous. If you have the option, try to go somewhere that won’t be very busy or at least at a time that’s less likely to be busy (like the middle of a workday if you can) so you can have more of their time and they can go slow.

    • Donkeyfarts

      704d

      Hydrate super well before, and if they can’t find a vein put a warm compress on the area that is most likely to get a good stick (the elbow or hand). If they have a small needle tell them to use that, a butterfly or pediatric needle. And to avoid super bad bruising (it’s almost impossible to avoid it completely with EDS) try not to flex while they’re doing it, relax your arm/hand and keep on the pressure bandage as long as possible, the quicker you take it off the worse the bruising will be.

☝ This content is generated by our users and it is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision

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