Getting blood work should let diabetics go first, before others.

By Nana_anna Latest Reply 2012-07-24 08:18:00 -0500
Started 2012-06-22 10:48:00 -0500

This morning I was on NPO, no food/water, for blood work. I go to the lab, early, at 7:30, waited 30 minutes before they tell us there computers are down. So I left, since there were four other's still a head of me. I wanted to eat something. Now I have to wait again, and get it done next it. You would think that some who is a diabetic, who depends on food, and meds, would think you would be considered first to get the labs done first. There was no way that after not eating since last night, that I couldn't have waited another 30 minutes or so. I think they should consider that anyway. Just curious if anyone else thought the same.

24 replies

Type1Lou 2012-06-25 14:50:00 -0500 Report

I'm with Mays on this. Having diabetes does not entitle us to preferential treatment when having blood drawn. We don't know what others might be up against as well. I try to get there as early as possible so I'm one of the first in line. I'm more bothered by Quest Diagnostics refusing to give me a copy of my bloodwork unless the doctor specifically writes on the order "Copy to patient." They claim Florida law prohibits them from giving me a copy and sent me a copy of the Florida statute (which is in direct violation of HIIPAA)! I've had my doctors add that comment and am getting the copies now but "Sheesh!".

CaliKo 2012-07-22 16:09:20 -0500 Report

Wow, and I thought our laws in Texas are weird sometimes. I wonder what the thinking is behind not letting patients have test results.

Type1Lou 2012-07-23 08:38:55 -0500 Report

I think it might be the result of a particularly powerful physician's or laboratory lobby…my former lab disregarded the law and I always got copies when I asked for them. Since Quest is now my "preferred" provider via insurance, imagine my surprise when they denied me my copy without jumping through the doctor approval hoop.

Nana_anna 2012-07-22 15:16:32 -0500 Report

That isn't right. I am just sayin' and not sure I had heard about that law. But its your money, insurance, they should give it to you as requested. I would talk to someone else, up higher.

Type1Lou 2012-07-23 08:41:25 -0500 Report

Quest did forward me a copy of the Florida statute when I escalated my inquiry. It does support their position, so, I need to figure out what needs to be done to change this law and decide whether I'm up for the battle…or just capitulate and have my doctors write "Copy to patient" on every lab order.

irishbear 2012-06-25 14:04:24 -0500 Report

I've always thought it was crazy that I'm supposed to fast before my blood work is done when they told me I have to eat within the hour after waking
or my blood sugar spikes. At my doc's office the instructions are to fast for 12-14 hours, which I found excessive also' especially since I usually only sleep about 6 hours a night. I bring a fruit grain bar with me to eat as soon as the blood is drawn.

Set apart
Set apart 2012-06-24 08:17:33 -0500 Report

I agree with Mays on this one, everyone has a different issue that they have or need to find out about. As a T1 my last bloodwork called for fasting was unable to fast that day since it was time to eat! Had my bloodwork anyway and worked it out with D educator to take less insulin next time so that hopefully BG level will allow me to go without eating! I get up early like others and am usually within the first 5 people to arrive and with 3 techs on site I am out of there quick!

TsalagiLenape 2012-06-24 07:23:38 -0500 Report

Yes you would hope so. But its more along the lines when they get the order come in…Its not great but its how its done. For sometimes the orders come in and have to be verified or if its not understandable to the lab tech then phone calls and etc are needed. We dont want to stick you unless we know what for. Less sticks is less pain. I know its not what you wanted to hear but its what we have to do. Hugs

old biker
old biker 2012-06-24 06:16:00 -0500 Report

I have my blood work drawn at the doctors office..I have been going to the same walk in clinic for 10 years..The people there are great..It's first come first served..Doors open at 8:30 I get there at 8:15 by 9:30 I'm on my way home

Setzer 2012-06-24 00:31:42 -0500 Report

I can see how waiting could be a problem when you're fasting. It used to be for me, but for whatever reason I don't have to fast anymore. I don't know if my Dr. changed what tests I get or if they just know I'm diabetic and can compensate for the test results or what but it's nice not having to do it. I get a test for my A1C, a comprehensive metabolic panel, and sometimes a lipid panel.

MAYS 2012-06-23 19:45:52 -0500 Report

I have to disagree with this one.
I don't believe that as a diabetic that I should have to be given priority over anyone else, unless it is an emergency, I believe that you should be serviced in the order that you arrive unless you have a scheduled appointment.

I always show up very early for my blood work, between the hours of 6-7 am.
Early in, and early out for me, most people come in after 10 am.

Although it does feel good to get the special treatment whenever I go to the E.R. due to my issue with blood clots, I don't abuse it nor do I insist on being seen immediately.


Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-06-23 19:13:48 -0500 Report

My doctor draws blood work at his office and it is sent to the lab. If I have to go outside for anything, i make an appointment. I am not good at waiting and if a person comes in late for an appointment I make it known if that person is called before me that I was on time and should not have to wait because someone was late. Works every time for me.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-06-22 15:33:20 -0500 Report

You know, you can go to other labs. My Endo does labs in his office, but not all can be done there, so he writes the orders for Quest lab that is down the street. I have alot of experience in a couple of states with them and don't care for them. My primary uses a different lab nextdoor to his office and they are great, mostly. A few who don't know how to draw blood(patients have literally screamed), I just politely ask for one I trust. When I mentioned the Quest issue, they told me that I can bring the lab order to them even though it isn't on their forms. It was explained to me that as long as it is on a lab form I can go to any lab of my choice! So, I have a list of labs and operating hours just in case there is going to be a longer wait. Usually mentioning that I have to take my meds or eat to bg drop I get right in.

Hope this helps as it is too frustrating to do the whole NPO again and not know if you will be in the same situation again.

JSJB 2012-06-24 05:22:07 -0500 Report

The only problem I had with Quest is that I made an appointment for 7:30am. The Techs. arrived exactly at 7:30 am and started to set up their stations. By the time the doors opened it was 7:50 am. Wasted 20 min. The techs. should have been there earlies to be ready for their first appointment.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-07-22 18:35:58 -0500 Report

I make sure to tell them I am on insulin and make the first apptment. I always am polite, but if they should be late I ask them to draw the blood now as I have to eat and it is past my appt time. It isn't a problem, plus I know how to draw blood and do the required computer work, etc so that helps since they can't try to pull anything over on me.