Wednesday, December 7, 2011

blood tests

Do you ever wonder what goes on in the minds of parents when they have a child in the hospital? Or maybe you have already experienced this. I'll tell you what, aside from the obvious, I hope we never have to experience this with Tristan.

Last week Tristan went in for his 18 month appointment weigh in at 27 lbs and 10 oz and 34 and 1/2 inches tall. What a big boy! Because of the zip code we live in, our doctor told us that he had to go in for his blood work for lead testing. So we set an appointment for Monday afternoon thinking he would get his little finger pricked and a sample of blood in a small tube.

Nope, that's not what happened at all. We get in there and they have to stick an IV in his vein in his left arm to retrieve the blood. He screamed and cried so much while the nurse was digging to find the vein (with the needle in his arm). Well, it turns out that she wasn't able to locate the vein, so they bandaged him up and had to try on the right arm now. Again? Are you kidding me? There's got to be another way to draw blood from a toddler....Same thing happened...crying and tears, but we got the samples this time.

We felt so bad for him and didn't know what to do to make him feel better. The nurse asked him if he wanted a sticker and she opened the box and he took one handful and another handful of stickers (as if so say, see, you did this and I'm taking all of your stickers now). We knew what would cheer him up. We took him to target and bought him a bag of pah-cone (popcorn) and a Super Grover doll.

Man, I really hope our little man never has to go to the hospital again - for anything. :(


  1. I'm feeling your pain. It took three techs and five tries for them to finally get my daughter's blood. Unfortunatley you're likely in for trouble on the next go round since the first time was so bad. Ask before for pediatric butterflys and tell them that there was trouble before, that may help. They will likely send in their most skilled tech for the challenge. I am thankful for even being able to get my children bloodwork when they need it. Hating the pain it temporarily causes is a luxury.

  2. Oh no! That's so sad! :( Thanks for the suggestions!