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I survived the Vampire


Tuesday, September 03, 2013



I had to visit the vampire this morning, for blood draw for my annual labs.

Did I say I hate needles ? . . . I absolutely hate to be poked and riddled by needles. My veins are so small and so deep that they can fish around forever trying to find a vein. I'd never make a good junky.

I've had so many traumatic experiences with 'experts' who cannot make a successful draw, and I end up nearly passing out, with bruises (from blown veins) and half a dozen bandages.

My new intro is "Hi, I'm Cathy. This is my arm. You only get one shot at it . . . so make the first one your best."



This was my first time with this vampire (which makes it even worse) but she did okay. It stung a bit but she kept me entertained. And I didn't pass out.

I will venture a guess that when the results come back in a couple of days, the Dr will want to see me, we will discuss high cholesterol levels and he will want to put me back on some kind of Rx to manage it. (He's a new-to-me Dr and last year was my first appt with him, and he took me off for 1 year as an experiment.)

Even after 25 years of being a vegetarian, 9 years as a strict vegan, when I was running and playing racquetball 5 days a week, my cholesterol levels were over the moon. It's hereditary.

So, what did I do after my visit with the Vampire? I went to the store and (along with some other stuff) I grabbed a carton of Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Fudge Brownie. Frozen Yogurt. Half the calories.

Yep, I did.

I made it all the way to the other side of the store before the rational side of my brain screamed "What are you doing? Put that back!"

And, I did.

(It's the same store that had the Russell Stover's Chocolate display on sale for half price last time! I need to stay away from that store!!!!)

So, my weight this morning was the same as it was last week. That's good news.

How was your weekend?
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GARDENCHRIS 9/6/2013 8:21AM

    I also hate getting blood drawn, because I have very deep veins.

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SARAHTAIT 9/4/2013 5:18PM

    You did it. You stayed strong! I am so proud of you! You've got it now! Can't wait to see your weight come down. Don't be discouraged from plateaus....if you stick it out the weight WILL come off again.
Hugs,
Sarah

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GABY1948 9/4/2013 2:51PM

    I hope this time you are wrong about the cholesterol! And, yes, I would stay away from that store! emoticon

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BANKER-CHUCK 9/4/2013 1:36PM

    I to had my visit with the Vampire. She hits the right spot every time, but once in a while I get the wanna-be Vampire who has trouble finding the right spot. I will skip my turn and wait for my favorite Vampire.

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NELLJONES 9/4/2013 9:40AM

    I hate needle sticks, too, but am glad to know the results.

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FUNLOVEN 9/4/2013 9:08AM

    I hate needles too and I'm a nurse! I don't mind poking you ( and I must pat myself on the back as I was quite good at it when I worked ), but I want to run every time I see someone coming at me with a needle!

No about that heredity - it can suck at times !

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LADYRH 9/4/2013 4:58AM

    emoticon putting the ice cream back

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123ELAINE456 9/4/2013 12:06AM

  When I was in the hospital for my Heart Attack they was drawing my blood twice a day. No fun at all. My veins was all used up by the time I got to come home. I hope that none of you are ever hospitalized. I'm very proud of you for putting the Ice Cream back. WTG!!!God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Wonderful Week. Take Care.

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LETHA_ 9/3/2013 10:35PM

    Good job of putting the ice cream back.
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WALLAHALLA 9/3/2013 9:15PM

    I literally kicked a hole in a wall once when they were stabbing at my arm trying to force the vein to stop rolling. Didn't mean to, it was just a reflex. I HATE blood work!

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KELLIEBEAN 9/3/2013 8:14PM

    I cannot stand getting blood drawn. I'm a big baby!! I'm glad it went better for you today!

That is HUGE that you put the ice cream back.mim impressed!

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1CRAZYDOG 9/3/2013 8:14PM

    It takes a strong person to win against Ben & Jerry's! HUGS and glad the blood draw is over for you.



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BESCATS 9/3/2013 8:10PM

    Putting the ice cream back emoticon What were you thinking ??
Oh yes, thinking about staying healthy ~ my mistake. emoticon
I'm that way with candy and crème horns. I think the grocery stores need to remove those aisles before I get there.

Glad to hear your blood draw went as well as can be expected. Luckily, I don't have that problems, my veins can easily be found.

Hoping your tests come out okay. Sweet little vampire kitty.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 9/3/2013 7:29PM

    Way to go on putting the ice cream back.....that's a really hard thing to do once you have picked it up. I'm impressed!

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KARRENLYNN 9/3/2013 7:19PM

    Glad you survived the vampire too. I donate blood and they always pick my non dominant arm and stick me on the top exterior side of my elbow. Seems they can't find any other place.

And you are a strong woman for bypassing the Russel Stover display and walking all the way back across the store to return the Ben and Jerry's!! Very proud of you!

Karen

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BIGPAWSUP 9/3/2013 7:05PM

    You are amazing.

I'm glad they were able to get your blood work without destroying your arm. My hubby has veins like you. I can't imagine.

Congrats on putting back the ice cream. WONDERFUL!!!

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PEG2584 9/3/2013 4:56PM

    I understand your ultimatum with the vampires! I just had my blood draw for my annual labs, with a new vampire. She was really good. I didn't even feel the needle go in!!

I was pretty lucky. All my test results came back. My cholestrol levels weren't too bad but good be better. I just need to get my HDL a little higher (it is right at 40% but should be higher than that) and my LDL a little lower (it is at 125 but should be below 100). I think I can take care of this with exercise and diet. I do watch it closely because my dad was one of those with hereditary high cholesterol and had all kinds of heart problems.

FYI - I go beyond hating needles into a true fear of them. I've actually bent needles because they couldn't get them through my skin because I was so tense.

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LINOVER 9/3/2013 4:43PM

    I too am glad that you survived the vampire! I usually try not to watch when they draw my blood just in case it takes them several tries! Don't know if I would have had the will power not to buy the Ben & Jerry's though! emoticon

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DLDMIL 9/3/2013 4:15PM

    One try is all they get with me too. Cut kitty picture.

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BAMAJAM 9/3/2013 4:13PM

  Oh my goodness, Cathy-- I have terrible dread of the "needle"----!!!
Fifty years ago it was required for couples to have blood tests for marriage----therefore, I KNEW that I would never get married... Not a chance!
Well, someone very special changed my mind and heart. As the technician was poking the needle into my arm, I said, "I never thought that I could love someone THIS MUCH--!! It was such a traumatic ordeal--- lol
PS... Not a chance that I would ever get my ears pierced. haha

PPS-- Good for you passing up those tempting calories! Ever try the Russell Stover sugar free candies? I love 'em, especially the chocolate covered toffee squares.

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LJCANNON 9/3/2013 4:07PM

    emoticon Congratulations on Surviving the Vampire, AND Ben & Jerry!! That is Beyond AWESOME!!

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FELINEBETTER 9/3/2013 4:02PM

    Congratulations, Cathy! Your rational side won out and you have nothing to regret but something of which to be very proud!!! Good for you!

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MADEIT3 9/3/2013 3:58PM

    I so relate to you over the needle thing. I too have small veins and I always tell the person drawing blood that I'm likely to pass out - they seem to take extra care that way!

And, like you, I have a family history of high cholesterol. But since everyone I know who has taken statins for a while develops some sort of liver problem, I've refused to take them. I get by on a medication call Zetia and fish oil.

Good for you for handling temptation! Half price ... hmmmm.. hard to resist...

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