Saturday, February 27, 2010
Yesterday was my least favorite day of Spring Training, blood testing day. No joke, I woke up in the middle of the night because I had a dream of giving blood and fainted. (Fainted in my dream not in real life) Not a good way to start my day to say the least. I showed up at practice around 7:00 AM, not having eaten anything since 9:00 PM the night before, and not being allowed to eat breakfast until after I gave my blood samples. Less than a minute after walking in the front door I heard from a player that came really close to passing out during testing that we were giving eight vials of blood this year instead of the usual three. Right away I could feel that nauseous feeling coming over me. I had a hard enough time last year giving three, never mind five more tubes of blood this time around. There was no way I was going to make it through this thing. I got in line of about six people, waiting my turn to sit in the execution chair. I would wait for a minute or two, then decide to leave line and take a stroll around the clubhouse. I guess I had to get mentally prepared to do this. I got back in line and started with my nervous chatter, where I talked to anyone and everyone just to take my mind off the idea of blood, needles, nurses, veins, or anything else associated with hospitals. After about a ten minute wait my name was called into the principle's office. I sat down in the chair like the cool kid I was pretending to be. The lady asked if I was OK with the whole procedure and I answered with an emphatic, "YES!" She smiled at me, "Good, you're not one of those wussies then." That kind of got me down. I guess I was one of those wussies, but she didn't know it. I was determined to keep it that way, bite my lip, and give it hell. "Lets do this" She was actually one of the best at taking blood I have ever seen. I didn't even feel the needle go into my arm. Before I knew it, a few minutes had passed and I was done. Painless. Let's just not try that again until next year.
Posted by Matt Antonelli at 2:37 PM