So today I go get a blood test......

By RedShine Latest Reply 2014-06-16 15:32:49 -0500
Started 2014-06-16 12:14:57 -0500

So today I go to get my blood drawn like I do every month, in order to send a report to my doctor on how I am managing my diabetes, and initially things are going smoothly. I go to the clinic, tell them my name, and all the information they need from me. After that’s over with I go to get my blood drawn. When the nurse injected my vain with the needle, I oddly did not feel it enter me. I thought “wow I must be getting used to this.” After she is done, she puts a band aid on the arm she injected. However I noticed she did not put a cotton swab under the band aid, which is very unusual compared to what they usually do. So I get to leave and wait for the elevator. Suddenly, I feel a wet liquid trickling down my arm. I look down and I notice my arm is bleeding from the place where the nurse injected my; the band aid was not enough to stop the bleeding. So I got back, show the nurse, and got it band aided properly this time. Don’t be worried, I’m okay now. But it was kind of awkward to walk home with a round blood stain on my shirt. I have to ask though, has this ever happened to anybody else?

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GabbyPA 2014-06-16 15:32:49 -0500 Report

It happened to my husband one time after he had donated blood. He didn't realize it was bleeding until he felt in his shirt. He went back and they reapplied another swab like they did on you. Sometimes you just get a good one that wants to keep on giving.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-06-16 13:05:15 -0500 Report

The problem wasn't the band aid. I only get a band aid. This morning I got a 2x4 gauze pad. The thing to do is not bend your arm to prevent bruising around the site and to add pressure to the site for a few minutes once the bandage is applied. I have never had this happen to me because the treatment for a bleeding wound is pressure. The next time when you leave keep your arm straight for a few minutes and apply pressure with a finger. The bleeding should stop immediately.

haoleboy 2014-06-16 12:45:26 -0500 Report

I have had this happen several times … usually because I didn't keep pressure on the insertion site long enough.
Many years ago I had some labs done and was in a big hurry to get back to work so walking out of the clinic I took off the bandage … to my surprise, and the disgust of others, I started spurting blood a good foot into the air … right out of a slasher movie … needless to say I haven't done that again.


jayabee52 2014-06-16 12:32:31 -0500 Report

Howdy Red
I have to go on dialysis every 2 days and I get two sixteen gauge needles into my arm for every treatment. Occasionally when the dialysis techs tape me up I take the tape off in the morning (i dialyze late at night) the blood leaks out from one or both of the places I've been pierced and if I don't notice it I can get a blood stain on my shirt sleeve.

Hydrogen peroxide can remove blood stains.

God's best to you and yours