Thursday, December 30, 2010

Lab Work - preparing to have blood drawn

Getting blood drawn for routine lab work is not all that scary.  I have to go every three months and once again Ms. Emma was my phlebotomist (the person that draws the blood).  Unfortunately she is leaving this location and moving to Missouri.  I am going to miss her so much.  Over the last 6 years she was the one who took my lab work the most.  I gave her my favorite squeeze frog to remember me. I took a video with Ms. Emma showing how blood was drawn step by step.  To prepare for your lab work remember these steps:
  • Take your favorite squeeze toy to help your vein get pumped up (My favorite toy was the squeeze frog - of course)
  • Ask for butterfly needle because it is the smallest needle and hurts the least
  • Ask for a cool band aid
  • Never bend your arm after the draw
  • And the best part is to ask to go to McDonald's as a reward after you're done!!  Be prepared in case you can not go because your mom or dad has other plans.  Maybe compromise for another time!
Press the play button, watch and enjoy

video

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

This video just made me feel so much more comfortable when the times comes to get my blood drawn. Thanks for sharing. You are one cool dude to start your own blog. Continue to show the world how cool you are!

Virginia (Jenny) said...

My son is 10 yrs old with Aspergers. I am now a follower! :)

Caroline D. said...

Matt you are so brave! I would cry if I had to get blood taken every 3 months! I love the blog, keep up the great work!

Love your FAVORITE cousin,
Caroline! :)

Karla said...

Nice job with the video! This could help other kids who are worried about getting their blood drawn. They'll be able to see that it's not so bad after all.

Anonymous said...

Matt.... I am sooo proud of you that you had the courage to create this blog. It is so important for other people, and other kids like you to know what it is like to have Aspergers like you. And you are absolutely right, you are no different than another other 12yr old. You are perfect just the way you are, and that's why I love you!!!! Just always remember one thing... when God created man he created every person with absolute perfection. So always keep that in mind and continue to be yourself. No matter what anyone says!!! I LOVE YOU!!!!

Love Always,
Your favorite sister

Nanoinfinity said...

"phlebotomist" is probably my new favourite word. :3

Anonymous said...

Thankyou, my son has Aspergers and is about the same age, he is to have blood taken tomorrow and is really frightened, I have shown him your blog and I think it has really helped. (I will find out tomorrow)!

I am said...

I dont know if you are still following but I was wondering how your son's appointment went. Please share