Eric Hodel (drbrain) wrote,
Eric Hodel
drbrain

Bloodletting

Yesterday I went in for apheresis and the guy missed my vein when he first got the needle in, so took an extra moment to get it straightened out.

Everything was going great until the third return (with apheresis they give you your blood back) when a painful walnut-sized lump quickly grew in my elbow-pit. The vein had broken or whatever it does causing all the blood to pool under the skin. It hurt a bit, but they switched over to the other arm and everything went smoothly.

(They have to splice in a new needle, and have some fancy box to do it. It looks much to big for what it does.)

One of the techs said I'd have a really killer bruise-thing in my elbow-pit that would turn all black and blue and yellow. I was really looking forward to it, the last time I got a black and blue and yellow bruise was when I sprained my big toe.

Unfortunately it looks like I'm just going to get a mild bluish discoloration in my elbow pit. Its quite the let-down. Maybe I shouldn't have iced it last night.
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