The Luck of the Draw

The Rolling Bench (Photography by Joanne Edith)
The Roller (Photography by Joanne Edith)

Who would she get today?  Perhaps  a young man with a charming smile; or  a middle-aged woman with an experienced manner.  She knew it wouldn’t matter, the outcome was consistently and depressingly predictable.

She fought the feeling of helplessness and as usual,  strove to control her part.  She prepared as prescribed, arriving on time, and registering.  Then she waited, and waited and waited.   After an eternity, she heard her name, and followed the unassuming young woman down the hall, into the tiny room.

In spite of her fear and dread, she dutifully spoke her lines clearly, reiterating the warnings and admonitions, relayed to her by the long line of earlier practitioners.  After a third unsuccessful attempt, the “expert” joined the party.  Shared dark humor about ‘rolling veins’ and ‘good veins, gone bad’, always precluded success; and a few stabs later, the mother lode was struck.  She closed her eyes, daring not to breathe until it was over, lest her sigh of relief cause another uncontrollable roll or collapse.

Unsteadily, she returned to the waiting room, sensing that everyone was staring at her; at her many band-aids, and at the evident relief on her now ashen face.  She didn’t care.  Her ordeal was over…this time.

“Blood Work” is a bitch!

Written in response to Trifecta Week Sixty-One: Bitch (

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BITCH (noun)
1: the female of the dog or some other carnivorous mammals
2a : a lewd or immoral woman     b : a malicious, spiteful, or overbearing woman —sometimes used as a generalized term of abuse
3: something that is extremely difficult, objectionable, or unpleasant

22 Comments on “The Luck of the Draw

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  2. Due to medication I take, I have to get lab work done on a regular basis. I’ve been lucky and the techs who usually draw blood are very good at their job.


  3. I used to donate blood a couple times a year, then I had a terrible experience like the one mentioned in your story and ever since I can’t stand bloodwork! It’s been 10 years and I still haven’t ever gone back to donate blood!


    • Hi Rachel,
      Years ago I went to donate blood during an employer-sponsored blood drive. I was happy to do it, though a bit nervous. It was a horrible experience, and afterwards, the technician told me I should never donate blood. She said that my blood flowed so slowly that even if they could get enough, it was basically, useless. Now I only get bloodwork when absolutely necessary, once or twice a year. It is always the same-almost like a self fulfilling prophecy. Thanks for taking the time to share your experience. I empathize.


  4. Oh,oh,I know this feeling so well!9 out of 10 times,they fail to find the vein-the last time(a year bk) I almost blacked out & now have developed an irrational fear of the process.I agree blood work is a bitch:-)Well said!


  5. not crazy at all . . . my last mri required bloodwork twice in the same week (yeah, I dunno either). The second person did not want to go for the good vein because it had been used two days before. So he went for the other arm, said “I hope that’s not a tendon .. . .” and of course it was – a tendon, not a vein. OUCH! I’m sorry for your pain.


    • Ouch! I’m sorry for yours too. I thought I had already replied,but don’t see it now. I wanted to be sure to let you know that I empathize completely. In my case the sweet young lady was a newbie, but I reassured her that it was me, and not her fault, lest she begin her blood drawing career with a bad experience. Thank you for commenting and good luck to those of us with challenging veins.


    • Especially, when the veins are mine😱. Yesterday I had a cholesterol test and today my right arm is still aching from several hunt and peck excursions…ugh! This one is from the heart…no pun intended.


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