The needles no longer give me the jitters anymore. It could be that I have become hardened to the pain or the phlebotomists (individuals trained to draw blood samples for medical testing) that I encountered were very good at what they do. I used to turn my face away to avoid seeing the needle going into the skin. Now, I watch the entire blood extraction process.
Renal function test, liver function test and lipid profile results.
I went for a blood test last Friday and then for the scheduled appointment at the UMMC spinal rehab clinic on Wednesday. Serum creatinine has gone up a little to 291 umol/L, nothing to be unduly worried about as it has been hovering around this level for a while now. On the other hand, the low-density lipoprotein level is above normal at 3.09 mmol/L.
The doctor advised me to watch my diet. Admittedly, I have been rather reckless with what I eat lately. I am scheduled for another blood test in November and also a KUB (kidneys-ureters-bladder) ultrasound at the same time. Hopefully, by going on a healthier diet now, the results then will be more favourable.
Tags: blood test, drawing blood, fasting blood glucose, high serum creatinine, kidney failure, lipid profile, liver function test, Pusat Perubatan University Malaya, renal function test, renal profile, spinal cord injury, UMMC
No, not really. This is a bruise that developed after I had my blood drawn at the UMMC yesterday. After having an untrasound of my kidneys and bladder and dropping the urine off at another laboratory, I went to have my blood sample taken. It was for renal profile and creatinine clearance. The laboratory technician looked like she was in a hurry and stressed out.
I like to watch when the needle is inserted into my vein. The pain usually felt like a light prick and does not bother me at all. Likewise, this time but the needle went in too deep and there was no blood. She pulled it out a little and blood began to flow into the tube. When she was done and pulled the needle out, I cringed a little more than usual at the pain.
I have had my blood drawn many times and some of these technicians are so good that I hardly felt a thing after that. However, there was one time in Penang when the technician forgot to remove the torniquet before pulling out the needle. A small stream of blood gushed out right after the needle.
Anyway, when I tore away the paper tape and cotton wool after leaving UMMC, there was a relatively large patch of blood on the cotton. The surrounding area where the needle went in had a bruise. It also itched and ached. The bruise is still very apparent as I type this entry.