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Name: nicole jones
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I've had my blood drawn no less than 6 times in the last 4 days (they took 3 viles at each draw!) and I've gotten really deep purple silver dollar size bruises each time. They did it in different spots each time - so I have 6 of these. What is that all about? It was a different girl that drew the blood each time, so I ruled out inexperience on their part. Does anyone else have this happen?
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Name: nicole jones | Date: Jul 11th, 2006 9:25 PM
Oh - and this has absolutly nothing to do with the blood draw - but my husband called from work and said "Did you tell your girls about the doctor visit?" He now officially calls you "my girls".. I thought it was kinda cute. You guys have really helped me out the last couple months. 

Name: Julia | Date: Jul 11th, 2006 9:29 PM
What your hubby said is cute Nicole, and sweet. ;)

When I was pregnant and they drew my blood I bruised really bad too. Some people do bruise worse than others. You may want to call the clinic and just inquire so it will put your mind at ease. 

Name: nicole jones | Date: Jul 11th, 2006 9:32 PM
Do you think there is a posssiblity it means I might have thin blood or something? 

Name: nicole jones | Date: Jul 11th, 2006 9:33 PM
Oh, and is there anything that I might be able to do to stop it from happening? it looks really funny, and its summer so i'm in short sleeves all the time. Maybe ice or somthing? 

Name: Stacy | Date: Jul 11th, 2006 9:51 PM
Give your husband a big "Hi" from us girls.

Some people just bruise worse than others...Luck you ;)
Some things you can do to help reduce the bruising are make sure the lab tech takes the tourniquet off before withdrawing the needle. Apply some serious direct pressure after the needle is removed for a soild 5 minutes. Even if they put on the stretchy bandaid, direct pressure with you finger, should help decrease the bruising.
Don't worry about 3 vials of blood, at the most that was about an ounce. The vials make it look like a lot more blood is being taken, then actually is. 

Name: firewife | Date: Jul 11th, 2006 10:00 PM
I personally think its the person drawing the blood, when I was in labor I had a nurse come in for blood and while she was drawing it she couldn't take her eyes off of the TV, it was Dr. Phil LOL. For the first time in my life I had a horrible ugly bruise, I used to give blood a couple times a year and I never bruised like that before. Stacy's right they should be pulling off the band before withdrawing the needle, and lots of pressure helps. 

Name: Lynne n | Date: Jul 11th, 2006 10:20 PM
Hi i used to take blood,that was my job before having my boy.
They probley could not get the blood the first time round so that is why a different girl had a go!
When i did it we were not aloud more than one go each.Beleive it or not it was classed as abuse! 

Name: Serina S | Date: Jul 12th, 2006 12:37 AM
Hi Nicole
Your hubbie sounds nice I am glad you have someone kind!
Ok so you have nothing to worry about this happened when the putt the needle out a pool of blood goies under the skin making it look purple. If you rubb it right after the shot it helps to dispurse the blood so it does not pooI in one spot. I would tell the DR anyway ,you could even tell the person that is drawing your blood ...they might be more careful.
I hope you pain has gone and you are feeling well
Blessings to you & yours!!! 

Name: nicole jones | Date: Jul 12th, 2006 12:40 AM
Lynne - The 6 different times was on at different times of the day or on different days. Each girl got it in first try - which is why I thought it was a little strange. I've never bruised like that before, but maybe I have more blood now that I'm pregnant. I'm not to worried about it, it's just sore and ugly, lol. 

Name: cinner29 | Date: Jul 12th, 2006 12:46 AM
Oh Nicole I feel for you. I ended up having to be induced 5 weeks early with my son and when I went into the hospital the Doc who put the canular (sp?...the iv tube into my wrist) tried 6 times to get it in. That's 3 times on the back of each of my hands near my wrists!!! Eventually she had to get another doc to finish the job. I'll tell you even after induced labour and eventually a c-section it was my wrists that hurt the most. I had huge purple and yellow bruises for weeks. The doc was young and inexperienced and I was so freaked out that I was suddenly going to be induced that I never complained to her at the time....I wish I had.
Good luck with everything and let us know how the next u/s goes. 

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