Feeling tired after getting labs drawn?
Does anyone else feel really exhausted for a day or two after your labs are drawn? I just had my 16 vials taken Saturday (plus 2 wasted tubes because the idiotic woman didn't know what she was doing or how the human anatomy works!). Anyway, I felt a little lagging for the rest of the weekend, but not too bad. But after running around all day today, I feel dead on my feet.
Even though it's 48 hours later, I'm wondering if it could be related to the 18 tubes of blood? Could maybe my iron have dipped or something? If anyone else experiences this, I'd be interested to know.
Maybe it is just the thought.. it looks like a lot of blood, but its not that much...
got this from yahoo...someone asked about getting 3 vials drawn..
The volume of blood that a Vacutainer tube draws out of you is small, and can range from about 1 ml (for the tiny pediatric tubes) to about 10 ml for the normal sized tubes. There may be larger ones that I'm not familiar with.
The three tubes that were withdrawn from you represent about 30 ml at the most, which is one ounce (like a small medicine cupful)
In contrast, blood donation is about a pint, or 450-500 ml (they actually weigh the blood, so the volume varies), and that's about 10% of what most people have in their bodies.
I just had my pre-op blood work done this afternoon and it was crazy. I went in with a script and a list of all the vitalady tests I wanted done. It was about 15 tubes, then when I got home they called me back to do 3 more.
BTW, they didnt do Vit-B (1 or 6) because the Dr. didnt tell them blood or plasma?? Figured it wasnt too big a deal because it wasnt even on the surgeons list, just one of the extras I requested
You are not alone,
I'm already slightly anemic.
Do you take your protein and a drink with you to the lab? My phlebotomist babe laughs at me because I come in with my thermos and my morning protein. I can snarf it down as soon as the last vial is drawn. I feel a little better when I do it that way.
I think it takes that much out of me because I normally drink alot even in the middle of the night.
I. am. not. a. doctor.
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WOW -- 16 vials and Dogma -- 26 vials????
JEEZZ... I just had my 3 month blood work done even though my doc doesn't do 3 month tests I told him I wanted them done. I used his standard DS blood work list and had 8 vials taken out and I thought that was a lot!!!
My blood letting technicain was even amazed and said the most he'd ever taken before was 4 vials.
The problem is when they take that many vials they can't help but move the needle around and as a result I get this huge black and blue mark at the need entry point. Do you all get this?
The last 2 times I insisted they take an extra vial because 3 times now I have gotten "quantity not sufficient for accurate testing," on one of the tests and have had to go back for another draw.
Thank the FSM I have big fat juicy veins and am a super easy stick... I go in the day before and give them the paperwork, they freak out initially then get all the vials ready and I make sure they have the foil to keep the one in the dark and there is one other specialized vial they need ... acid etched or some such thing...that they invariably need to order from a different branch.
If I remember, next time I'm going to snap a cell phone piccy of all the vials. I had to have lots of blood work for various co-morb.s pre-op and I got mild bruising when on blood thinners.
But I am lucky to be a very easy draw. Even with this quantity, I have so far always gotten it done on the first stick.
I do think the lab workers feel sorry for me and give me their bestest vampire.
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Thanks for the input. I do suspect my iron might be a bit low, even aside from the blood draw.
Have to say, I hope it's not my protein or I will officially need to panic! I'm up to about 140 grams per day from food, and I'm still allergic to all the bars and powders.
Think of it this way...most of those vacu tubes take about 8mls so you've had 16 drawn (the FBC is only 5 mls) that's about 125mls out of your circulating blood volume.
Yup you're going to feel tired...you're going to make the blood cells soon enough but it is hardly surprising you're feeling below par. It isn't a huge blood loss but it can be enough to make you feel funky...trust me!