We had a very traumatic experience today. Dd had her nine-month well-visit at the clinic, and the doctor wanted to test her iron and lead levels. So we headed down to the lab and they poked her finger, of course making dd cry. But apparently she's not a bleeder (which may come in handy some day, not today). So the nurse couldn't get enough blood and had to poke another finger.. then a thumb.. then her heel.. then consulted another nurse and they tried a vein in her arm.. then the other heel. Finally, 45 minutes of screaming later, they had what they thought would probably be enough blood. It's not like they needed a lot--it was just maybe an eighth of a teaspoon that they needed. They did let me nurse dd in the middle of it to calm her down a little, but by the time they were done she was more hysterical than she's ever been and I couldn't think straight because I was so sad for her. They were talking about sending us to the hospital lab to get the blood if they couldn't do it, and if it came to that I was ready to tell them the tests weren't really that important to me. Has anyone else had to go through this? I'm still a little upset, although dd is better after a 2-hour-plus nap.
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6/16/03 at 8:02pm