Is having terrible veins (for taking bloods/intravenous cannula etc) a common feature in lupus? Today I've had a right drama having a blood test! Well actually I don't think I've ever given blood and NOT had a drama!
The last time I got my practice nurse to test my ANA she wouldn't do it because they couldn't find that specific test on the computer system. Today I went and had the same trouble, even when she typed in ANA into the search box, it wouldn't come up. She was trying to tell me that I must be mistaken and it was an 'ENA' test (as conveniently there was a test of that name popped up on the screen!) I was adamant she wasn't going to test me for something I shouldn't be tested for, so I got out my smart phone and googled ANA and showed her the test which we were looking for! Really, I shouldn't have to do that surely?!! Then when the computer system still wouldn't accept it, she went back to basics and ordered it with a pen and paper!
Eventually! ...........then she couldn't get any blood out of me! So frustrating but absolutely not her fault as the last time I had a blood test, four different people tried at least a dozen times then sent me home as a mission failed! Why are my veins so bad?