Saturday, February 27, 2010

BLOOD TESTING

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.

7 comments:

  1. LOL I guess you are not one of the guys down at the Blood Mobile during the Blood Drives?

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  2. Lol nah won't be first in line there...wish I could be but I aint cut out for it

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  3. I wonder if they had to take 8 this year because of the HGH thing? Wow, that's a lot of blood though, good job not passing out.

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  4. man thats a lot of blood .. what the hell they need all that for?

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  5. one of my goals in life is to avoid the needle at all times

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  6. Yeah that's what I was wondering too...I think that might be why

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  7. I think they are testing for more things this year

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