• Do you give praise and thanks to the person drawing your blood or starting an IV for treatment, surgery or other procedures?

    Asked by GregP_WN on Tuesday, October 10, 2017

    Do you give praise and thanks to the person drawing your blood or starting an IV for treatment, surgery or other procedures?

    My Sweetie had to have a CT Scan yesterday at Vanderbilt to check for blockages in the carotid arteries, which became an issue when she had a TIA a few months back. She is much more tender than I am and bruises very easily and was very pleased when the lady starting her IV got it in one shot, without much digging and poking.

    I always tell them that they have done a very good job, and thank them. It's a hard enough job to do on a normal day I'm sure. Throw in a few cancer patients with non-existent veins and their day probably gets worse. Then throw in a few people that are giving them a hard time because they can't find a vein, and it gets even worse.

    Anyway, tell them thanks, give them a pat on the back for a job well done. You might be the only one telling them that day!

    30 Answers from the Community

    30 answers
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar

      I do thank them because last year the CT Lab blew a vein in my hand when I was there, and they still haven't gotten well. Each time I asked for another "sticker," who got it fine.

      FYI I've been told by a venipuncturist that you shouldn't let anybody "dig" for a vein.

      2 months ago
    • barryboomer's Avatar

      That is very important even if they can't find a vein. I do wherever I go even in the Restaurant. Last week I was eating at the Red Lobster and a very old lady was our waitress. She was just learning and was a little slow but after dinner I told my wife to go on and I went over to her and gave her an extra dollar and told her she did a great job. You should have seen the look on her face. It really made ME feel better than her. Always be kind. One of my best songs is called KINDNESS IS CONTAGIOU.....Kindness is free so give it out freely....

      2 months ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar

      I agree, Barry Boomer!

      2 months ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Good deed Barry!

      2 months ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar

      I do apologized to those who try to find my veins because usually in the process, I have let out a few choice cuss words. Also usually give them permission to use any cuss words they feel like, I have extremely slippery veins.

      2 months ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar

      Me, too, BoiseB. FYI I was told one time that if you drink extra water for a day or so before being stuck, that it makes it easier. Before cancer, I've actually had the Red Cross stick me to donate and turn me away because it was dry and the blood just drip-dropped, which they said contaminates it.

      2 months ago
    • Ejourneys' Avatar

      I have literally asked a phlebotomist, "Can I take you home with me?" :-) I always thank them, and the nurses when I was hooked up for chemo. The last time I had bloodwork done I also thanked the phlebotomist who had come over from the patient she was working with, to briefly assist the one who was working with me.

      When drinking water, even lots of it, didn't help with access to my veins, my oncologist's assistant passed on a tip he had learned from a patient: in addition to water, drink lots (meaning half a gallon) of pineapple juice. That has worked for me as well -- makes my veins stand right up. However, drinking it the day before a fasting glucose test shot that test result up. My PCP suggested drinking V8 juice the day before instead, because it provides the same electrolytes and enzymes I was getting from the pineapple juice. My next test is in a little over a month, so I'll try the V8 and see how it goes.

      Way to go, @barryboomer! And thank you.

      2 months ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Good tip on the V8 and pineapple juice. I'll have to try that.

      2 months ago
    • Carool's Avatar

      I always thank them.

      2 months ago
    • Skyemberr's Avatar

      I'm sorry your sweetie hasn't been feeling good!

      I try to always encourage and compliment the person sticking me because of the reasons listed in your post, because it's the way i believe in treating people ( with dignity and respect), and because i know I'm a hard stick!

      The last time i had someone stick my port for a ct scan she had problems and I told her that learning how to stick patients with of ports like mine will make her the RN they call when they can't get a line in. Then i told her that it wasn't her fault we had to call a nurse from chemo to do it.

      My line is a little crimped. Apparently i have to sit up a bit and turn my head far to the left or it wont draw. How was she to know that? But she learned a new trick.

      I have found that being kind to the medical staff makes them20x more likely to go out of their way to help. I think they need that bit of sunshine in the day to prevent burnout.

      2 months ago
    • Lynne-I-Am's Avatar

      I am an easy stick for blood drawn from my arm and readily thank the phlebotomist. My chest port is a different story. My chest port is slightly tilted and can be a problem for some nurses. Whenever I go to have my port flushed I explain the position I must be placed into to have a successful first stick. When the nurse listens, success is achieved the first time but I have had several nurses tell me they are experienced and know what they are doing. This attitude results in two unsuccessful attempts, there is not a third. I am not a pin cushion or a practice dummy and I will go elsewhere for my port flush. I always compliment those who do it correcty making sure they know how much I appreciate the fact that they listen to their patients.

      2 months ago
    • beachbum5817's Avatar

      I try to be pleasant to all the people that help to take care of me. I also am a hard stick, and that is why I was so thankful that I had a port. Some days, they did have trouble getting that done, but not too often. I know it isn't their fault. @Greg, how did your wife make out with her tests? Hopefully, she received good news.

      2 months ago
    • geekling's Avatar

      I no longer have blood drawn.

      I did need to go to hospital just the other day to get a tetanus shot and, when it was all done, I said 'Thank you.'

      As much as I do remember flinching from those unable to withdraw blood, I do not ever remember actually thanking those who could get a vein right away. My first experience was so abysmal. I still have a blue circle on my arm from when a nurse stuck me as her attention was being diverted. I recall her wanting me to give up my hand. I recall me refusing. I recall her threatening to disallow the up coming surgery and I recall me getting up to leave the hospital. I further recall her replacing herself with someone who knew what she was doing.

      I recall asking why one could and the other couldnt and then learning the new word "phlebotomist" and that it meant having been trained in how to draw blood. From that moment forward, I always asked if the person to do the blood draw was a phlebotomist. If the answer was negative, I remained firm in my desire for one prior to extending my arm. If the answer was affirmative, I verbally expressed relief but am not so sure I expresses gratitude.

      2 months ago
    • Jouska's Avatar

      I have hard to stick veins, especially for an IV, so it is very stressful both for me and the person doing the IV. I have cried and they have cried. However, there is no point in being mean or difficult, so I always thank them. Per barryboomers comments, I would say the most important thing I learned from my cancer experience is to always be kind. I don't have to be a doormat, mind you, but kindness is contagious and if I am kind, it makes their day better and my day better. I have no tolerance for meanness.

      2 months ago
    • meyati's Avatar

      Besides drinking water and juices to hydrate and make those veins pop- don't drink anyything with caffiene-no coffee-tea-coke--because they shrink up the capillaries veins-etc.

      I have only one vein and it's covered with scar tissue. My veins are small with thick skin-and mine roll. I don't know if I really say thank you-but I'm appreciative of decent skills and a decent attitude. 2 years ago, my vein was punctured-blood was being drawn-I was relaxed- and the blood stopped running-just quit. The head phebot-whatever came in and managed to get some blood after 3 or 4 tries. Not only did I tell her that she was a miracle worker- I told her the first tech was very good and didn't do anything wrong-it just stopped.

      I hate blown veins- they hurt so much.

      2 months ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      Whenever I have blood drawn @ my oncologist's office, I always thank "my little vampires". And always let them know that in the 5 years I've been coming there (check ups only at this point), only once did they ever have to stick me more than once, and that was twice. IVs are a different matter... Last time I had a CT, they had to call one of the oncology nurses to start the IV.

      2 months ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      I nearly always tell them thanks, even when it hurts. The ones who access my port, or especially a vein, without hurting me get extra praise!! They just beam!!!

      I had a new person last week. She wasn't particularly communicative and I wasn't "feeling the love" for her. Then, my port clogged and didn't want to fill the tubes. She put me through all kinds of contortions to get it flowing again. By the time I left there, we had had a good time and I thanked her profusely for not giving up on the port working. I expect she won't be so uncommunicative next time.

      2 months ago
    • Boogerman's Avatar

      I always reward a job well done. But, I will also let them know that they need to find another profession if they are obviously not competent. I have had a couple of those, not often, but I have had them. Seemed like they were mad at the world and was taking it out on my arm. Most of the time they are great.

      2 months ago
    • meyati's Avatar

      I am amazed at how little blood is needed for so many different tests today. The company that I go to has either purchased new diagnostic equipment or greatly up dated. The last draw-5 weeks ago, I expected multiple tubes of blood to be drawn-I cheated and looked at the lab request. It took only 2 tubes. I was astounded because last year it took 3 really big tubes. I remember when less lab tests would take a dozen tubes.

      I've had several draws back in the day that dinosuaers roamed where 6 to 10 vials would have blood in them. In the 80s and early 90s-they took tremendous amounts of blood for vitamin Bs-I know that part of the reason was that it was easy to ruin that test-the blood cooked-then they wanted to run the B test again to confirm-and check other machines-

      My hat is off to the developers of lab test equipment..

      2 months ago
    • cllinda's Avatar

      I always told my kids to thank the people who care for you medically. And when my son was badly injured, I heard him always say Thank You to whoever helped him. As hurt as he was, he always used manners.

      I think its so important to thank every one who helps you get through cancer. From the people who clean your room, the food service, and all the nursing staff and doctors, they are all there to help you get better.

      2 months ago
    • Floridagirl6's Avatar

      I hate getting stuck! I especially hate getting IVs! I always thank anyone who can draw blood or start an IV with little to no pain.

      2 months ago
    • Carol1286's Avatar

      Before one blood draw, the phlebotomist introduced herself as "just" a student. I talked to her about being confident in herself, to exude competency to her patients. She thanked me for the pep talk. When I was leaving, the other tech thanked me for the words of wisdom. It made my day.

      2 months ago
    • shadow's Avatar

      I always give praise when someone is drawing my blood and for IV's especially.
      If they do it with little discomfort, I will go out of my way to complement them for doing a fine job of the procedure.
      If there is a lot of discomfort during the procedure, they will hear about it too.

      2 months ago
    • SandiA's Avatar

      I always thank them. My son recently became a certified lab technologist and I am especially sensitive to someone who might be new. I had one lady new to a facilty and she had to demonstrate her ability to access a port. She had done it in the past but it had been a while. They asked permission for her to demonstrate on me. I said of course. She was nervous and I was nervous for her but she did it and she hugged me afterwards. I still see her from time to time and she still hugs me every time she sees me. I agree they have a tough job so I always try and make their day a little brighter

      2 months ago
    • sarasmash's Avatar

      You know, I absolutely thank them. They have to be around us all day. When we are in good moods or bad. I know for sure it affects them aswell. The woman who draws my blood every month, she actually bought me a graduation gift. A brand new pair of Nike shoes. I was blown away. I know that the conversations we have are important, and they should be recognized.

      2 months ago
    • coco1101's Avatar

      You Bet!!!

      I'm a "bad or tough stick" and when on infusions, there are about 15 R/N's; 5 can access my port fairly easy; 5 can access it - a little harder, maybe 2 times; and the remaining 5 can't get into my port whatsoever!

      Because of all my problems (can't go into my right arm due to Breast Cancer) and only have my left arm from the elbow down... And my vein's are poor and blow out all the time... So when they do a good job, I often give 'em a hug I am so thankful they "got into my vein" and hopefully didn't have to push around all over to make it into the vein and have blood flowing... It can be very painful if it doesn't go well. So I'm a really thankful patient. Oh - 1 more thing... No one is allowed to "stick" you more than two times. If they try twice and don't make it, make sure you ask for another person to try.

      2 months ago
    • Bug's Avatar

      I always thank them.

      about 1 month ago
    • Texashiker12's Avatar

      Graciousness is a gift, especially to the giver. The one thing I won't let this to do me is make me feel like a number, a no one. So I reach out and give a "thanks" and a greeting to all, especially in those *&%% waiting rooms before treatment. Stay human. Stay grateful for every day.

      2 days ago
    • tonight's Avatar

      Always give thanks! No matter what. It's appreciated!

      2 days ago
    • judys3cats' Avatar

      I always try to engage the person who is treating me in some conversation or pleasantry (if not an outright thanks). There job might be tedious at times. I usually thanks or wish them a happy holiday or good weekend, etc. I feel it helps to humanize me and also acknowledges their humanity. Often, the interchange ends with a hug which is fulfilling to both of us!

      1 day ago

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