Giggles during a blood draw?

Marty had his eye appointment today, and had labs done since we were at the clinic. Our phlebotomist was the best! Marty and Bella were playing on their phones and pretty much ignoring her. She put on the tourniquet, sterilized his arm and popped the needle into his arm. She was so quick and accurate he didn’t even realize she had done it.

I made a comment that she was fast, but Marty didn’t realize what I meant. Honestly I don’t think he was listening. After she withdrew the needle and told him to hold the gauze he finally realized she had already drawn his blood. By this time both kids were getting pretty silly and Bella had a good laugh about his cluelessness. Turns out the only thing that hurt him today was taking off the bandaid.

In other news, his eyes are clear, his chest X-ray looked good, and we saw another JA mom while we were there. Marty enjoyed his favorite stir-fry and Bella fed half of her popcorn to the birds and a squirrel. We should hear about the lab results and his inflammation levels tomorrow.

I am thankful tonight not only for the expert hands during venipuncture, but also for the eye doctor that offered suggestions for Marty’s light sensitivity, the PA who made sure we got our prescription and other orders, and the Target pharmacist who goes above and beyond to make sure we have what we need and know how to use it. I also appreciate my online JA/rheumatology family who have offered suggestions and support during our recent medication switch. I am extremely grateful to the Masonic Lodge for providing services to children in need, and the volunteers who both raise funds and staff many clinic positions.

This is a good day to be Marty and Bella’s mom.


About juvenilearthritis

A single mom raising a son with juvenile arthritis and a daughter with a big heart.
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