(Closed) how to prevent my arms from looking like THIS at the wedding….

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

If you posted a pic I couldn’t see it, so what I say is based on guessing. You made a comment about “how awesome is my arm for getting blood”, so if you really do have good veins and aren’t being sarcastic, there is no need for a hematoma following a blood draw.

When the tech removes the needle apply firm pressure right away and keep it there for a good 5 minutes so the site gets a good clot. There should be no blood leaking into your tissue that way.

If you don’t have good veins, make sure they wrap a warm towel around your arm ahead of time and let the arm hang down to bring out the veins. After the draw do the same as above.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I can’t see your pic either. Would using some fake tanner help? I’m really not sure how dark these marks are, but I have very translucent skin and find that I look less blue (my skin gets a bluish cast from my blood when I’m at my palest) when I tan or use fake tanner.

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

can they take your blood from some other location? i know i have those crummy veins that the doctors or nurse can NEVER find – I got so sick of being poked 100 times and ending up bruised like that – so now when they draw my blood i make them take it out of my hand or the top of my foot. If they get it on the first try the bruise isnt so bad and fades in like two days. if it takes them more then one try, its still in a spot where no one would see my arm and think anything funny or ask me whats wrong with me…. just a thought!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

You might try using some body make-up, like the kind they use to cover up tattoos.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@MrsE.ToBe : This has happened to me a few times.  Its because they have actually gone through the vein.  Is it the same person doing this each time?  Some techs are just better at it then others.  I have had a few bad ones, brusing after the fact, and its been pretty gnarly.  You should try having the same person as much as possible, clearly one of the ones that can do it without causing the bruising.

 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

It looks like they aren’t doing a good job drawing your blood!  Venipuncture shouldn’t leave a bruise if you are an easy stick.  Make sure they aren’t leaving the tourniquet on too long and they are removing the tube from the holder before they take the needle out of your arm. 

Post # 13
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Maybe I wasn’t clear. The warm towel and hanging the arm down were things to do before the stick to make the veins more visible.

 After the stick, when they apply the gauze , immediately put pressure on the site with your other hand. Do not just rely on bending the elbow if you were stuck there. That does not put enough pressure on the vein.

If you really want to avoid the bruises before your wedding consider asking them to take the blood from a vein that doesn’t show.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@MrsE.ToBe : If you have good veins and good flow, they should take it off after the first tube starts filling. 

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@julies1949: She is right…do not bend your elbow after they do the draw.  Keep your arm straight, elevated and apply pressure.

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