Causing a Blood Test Commotion: Day 134

It was a pretty uneventful day in regard to spending since most of the day was spent catching up on the things I had put off while on the three day trip. When it comes to the minimum wage challenge, uneventful spending days are days to be celebrated. It wasn’t a no spend day, however, since I did finally go to the hospital to get blood drawn to have my vitamin D levels tested again.

All I needed to do was go in, have the blood drawn and then wait for the test results to come back. It would seem like a simple process, but of course I seem to make these simple things far more complicated than anyone could have ever imagine they would be. This time the issue was that I decided I was going to take photos and film my blood being drawn because I thought it would be interesting and it would add color to this blog post. Little did I know that this is apparently against hospital rules and the nurse taking my blood semi-freaked out.

I checked in without issue and waited in line until there was a station open where I could have my blood taken. There were actually 6 stations, but only two nurses drawing blood, so we had to sit and wait while those who got there first had their blood taken. I took a photo of my station:

draw blood station

Once it was my turn, I asked the nurse which arm she would like to use. She chose my left arm which was perfect since it would make taking photos and video much easier. She prepped my arm and I took this photo while she was looking to the side prepping the needle:

arm prepped to take blood

The nurse turned with needle in hand, saw my camera in hand and asked me what I was doing? I explained that I was going to take photos and film her taking my blood specimen. Apparently this was not the right thing to say because she began shaking the needle saying that photos weren’t allowed. I might have argued, but common sense took over when I noticed that my camera had upset her enough that her hand was shaking, and that was the hand that would soon be sticking a needle into my arm. I immediately apologized explaining that I had not realized this (is this really a rule?), put the camera away while trying to calm her down as much as possible as quickly as possible.

I have to be honest and say that since here hand still seemed to be shaking a bit from the entire incident, I turned my head away when she stuck my arm just in case things went horribly wrong. Fortunately, she got the vein the first time and the blood was in the tube in less than a minute. I breathed a sigh of relief knowing that even though I didn’t get the photos and video I wanted, I left without a huge bruise on my arm.

The good news is that the test results came back and my vitamin D levels are now within the normal range. The fuzziness that I had been experiencing is almost all gone and I feel that I am functioning on a much more normal level these days. I consider that pretty great news all the way around.

I did have a copay of $10.00 for the blood tests which was my only spending for the day. As long as the symptoms don’t come back, the only extended treatment I have is to take 2000 units of vitamin D3 every day which will add a little extra cost this year, but well worth not having that fuzzy feeling again.

Today’s Spending

Food: $0.00
Car: $0.00
Lodging: $0.00
Travel: $0.00
Health: $10.00
Misc: $0.00

Total: $10.00

Total Spending

Food: $300.57
Car: $227.00
Lodging: $146.31
Travel: $408.26
Health: $2042.65
Misc: $70.10

Total: $3195.09

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2 Responses to Causing a Blood Test Commotion: Day 134

  1. honour says:

    Privacy standards mean we’re not supposed to take photos of people without their permission. Many businesses do not allow photos either. The 1st time I walked into a Starbucks in Seattle, the Barista nearly had a fit when she saw my camera!

  2. Euphemia says:

    It’s a rule at the hospital where I work, but we call them policies. Our staff have been in You Tube videos without their permission before the policy went into effect. Quite upsetting. We take our jobs seriously and do not consider them entertainment.
    Glad you are feeling better.

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