Well, today was another platelet donation day. Because work has been so crazy this spring, this was only my third donation of the year! But it managed to be exciting anyway.
*warning* - if you can't handle blood or talk of blood, you might want to stop reading!
It began with both a finger stick and a hand stick to check iron/pre-counts. The new girl didn't check my records and had already done the finger stick to check my iron level before she was told that I needed a hand stick to check my pre-donation platelet counts. That's when I should have known today would be an interesting donation day.
The next complication was when they stuck my "return" arm and I had some pretty serious pain/stinging. Apparently, the iodine was still wet, so I was feeling that inside my arm! Then, the blood didn't flow correctly. So, some rearranging of the needle and we seemed to be in business. Got the "draw" arm stuck and started. Then it stopped drawing. Meanwhile, the return arm was still hurting pretty badly and I saw my skin start to expand - like it was a balloon - apparently that's called infiltrating - it's when somehow the needle missed the vein and the blood/saline started to go into my arm. Thankfully, the tech was standing right there and saw what was happening so she cut it off. Pulled out the needle and started trying to find another vein to keep it going. She was able to start it in the same vein in my hand where they did the pre-count draw -- but the regular needle is much larger -- and I must say, it hurt!
Finally, after jiggling the needle in the draw arm, we were in business. My hand is pretty sore and I bet I have a good bruise, but we were able to salvage the unit and not have to waste the supplies. Whew.
Now I'm just taking it easy, watching the Mavericks try to win game one of the NBA Finals.