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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 89 :: trust the ones you are with

1 Apr


I started out my day with a routine blood draw. It’s never fun, it’s not like I look forward to it, but I have become a pro at getting through it. Pull up my sleeve, pump my fist, wait for the poke. “Tiny poke” they always say.

Today was just a little draw, one tiny vial for my thyroid check-in. While I am a pro at sitting in the chair waiting for the nurse to whip out a needle, today, the nurse on the other side of the equation was new. In fact, she was an intern.

“You don’t mind if Amy takes care of you today, do you?” the seasoned nurse asked and gave me a look that said, you better say yes.

“Of course not,” I nodded and felt a shiver go down my spine. “Just don’t make me cry” I begged. They all laughed. Then the needles came out.

Amy was perfectly lovely. I was rooting for her as I sat in the chair and she swabbed my arm. I sweet-talked my veins and asked them to pop up for her just so it would be easy… on all of us. I couldn’t help but think about how in this year of TRUST I had placed myself in a precarious position to trust an intern.

Amy was good though. I was calm. But my veins were hiding. They didn’t want to come out to play. Finally, one did and I waited for it to all be over without looking, of course, if there is one thing I have learned, it is that watching makes it worse. 

Then, Amy started to get nervous, she called the seasoned nurse over for help. My vein seized up and I could feel the needle digging in poking back and forth as they tried to fill the vial.  Finally, it was over and I let out a big sigh. 

I smiled at Amy and told her she did a good job. I have no idea if I was her first patient but I do know this:  We are all learning together. 

Sometimes, we have to trust the ones we are with. 

Trust me!
More tomorrow.



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