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Old 09-02-08, 08:00 PM
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Thumbs down poor Sarah

I took her in to get her blood drawn to check for the other antibodies and see if she has celiac.

I had to tell her in advance what was going to happen. Each time she's had blood drawn up till now, they always did it when she was already knocked out - so she never knew...

so I told her that they were going to take a small bit of blood. She, of course, immediately asked "how are they going to get it out?"

and I had to be truthful...

I told her they were going to stick a small needle in her arm and that it would feel like a small pinch when they did that, but then it wouldn't hurt, and they'd get the blood out thru the needle and into the little vial.

Her eyes welled up and she realized that a needle was a needle no matter which way you sliced it.
I told her that if she was brave, I'd buy her a toy from the store right afterwords (I had to go to the store to get some stuff anyway).
she was okay with that.

So we get to the Drs office and they call her name, we go back and she bravely went to the phelobotomy chair and the phelobotomist then said that it was probably best if I had her sitting in my lap.
So I sat down, she sat on my lap. and the phlebotomist was very nice and did her best to calm Sarah down.
No use. The phlebotomist found the vein to use, and then we were unable to get her to stretch out her arm for us
finally, I figured out how to hold her one arm straight and keep the other hand from moving as well.
They cleaned it and then the needle went in... and she screamed.
the other nurse came in (the one we're used to seeing) and tried to calm Sarah down. Andrew came in to see what all the screaming was about. I tried to calm her - ---
it was no use. She screamed like she was getting her leg chopped off with nary a pause for a breath even.
At least I was able to stay the course and keep her arm straight.

she then decided she'd rather have ice cream for her 'treat' rather than a toy.
so we did that on the way home.

the blood has to be sent to a special lab (there are only 2 labs in the entire US that tests the blood for what we are testing for)
so it'll take about a week for us to get the results back

that she has no other immuno-deficiencies and that she doesn't have any signs of Celiac.
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Old 09-02-08, 08:08 PM
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I hope the tests come back negative for Sarah!!!

She was a trooper though getting it done. Julia is pretty good with hit but Kaitlyn is a complete pill.
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Thank you Jillian!
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Old 09-02-08, 08:12 PM
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Poor girl! At least that is over with, hopefully that won't have to happen again any time soon. I also hope this give you some answers either way. DD would have been the same way.
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Thank you Valleygirl!
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Old 09-02-08, 08:14 PM
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Oh- I feel her pain on the blood draw.

I'm the worst about those and I'm a grown up. I have full scale panic attacks when it comes to needles.

Hope the tests come back negative!
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Thank you Mellie!
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Old 09-03-08, 10:22 PM
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I was cringing just reading your post. Sarah is a trooper. My prayers that the test comes back negative.
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Thank you dhortonh!
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