Well, this isn't exactly a blood draw story, but does relate to the horrors of swelling and lame attempts to do medical procedures.
Once my dr decided it was time to deliver, he sent me to the hospital to get prepped. The stupid nurse thought it would be nice to get the catheter in BEFORE they did the spinal. I argued with her, but apparently, this is what the anesthesiologist prefers. Keep in mind that I was swollen EVERYWHERE. Needless to say, she had a difficult time inserting the catheter and after 5 or 6 attempts decided that my idea was better. I never quite understood why they would put me through so much pain when I was supposed to be "relaxing" to keep from stroking out!
The spinal was also a nightmare. My back was so swollen that the anesthesiologist couldn't feel my vertebrae. He kept asking me to point them out! I know he was doing his best during a difficult situation, but he kept sticking me and sending this awful zinging pain down my legs. I was so scared I was going to end up with some kind of permanent damage!
Robyn, mom to 27-weeker Oliver and FT Max