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I had to update. I took the girls for their bloodwork today and reviews from the girls were decidedly mixed.
Lilly went first, and she's usually the more sensitive one, but she was such a trouper. Didn't even cry when they put the tourniquet on, and only cried when they actually stuck her. She settled quickly afterwards and I handed her to grandpa, who came with me because grandma's not brave enough, and I preferred not to have to take them alone and have one of them not be held after her shot.
Poor Katie, who is usually my fearless muffin, was flipping out even before they got the tourniquet on. She calmed down enough for them to start, though, and when they stuck her, I watched the tube. Nothing. No blood. She pushed in further, pulled out and said the vein was rolling, and she kept trying. It was horrible. Katie was turning so red, screaming so badly that I had to tell the phlebotomist to stop, because I couldn't let Katie be in such pain when there wasn't even anything happening and she probably wasn't going to get the vein out at that point. I have bad veins, so I know the drill. Apparently she inherited mine.
She was hyperventilating and so upset. It was so awful to see her that way. She is such a tough little kid and has been through a lot in her shor life without much complaint, so I know it must've really hurt. In the end I decided that we'll see what Lilly's numbers come back at, and what the ped says at our appointment in 2 weeks. If he says take Katie again, I'll wait a few more weeks and try then. And hydrate the heck out of her beforehand in hopes that it'll help.
When we got her calmed down and back home, they both took almost an hour's nap and were totally fine the rest of the day. But they got a lot of extra cuddles anyway.
Betsy, mama to beautiful, strong MZ twins Lillian and Kate, born 11 weeks early on January 10, 2006.