Tell me about your experience with the Arterial Blood Gas test !
It hurt, but I've had worse pain from all kinds of other things. The pain was deep in my wrist, a sort of ache. And it faded in a couple of hours.
The technician performing the test offered me something topical for the pain but warned me it wouldn't mask much of it, so I declined. I think she had a fairly light touch. Really, it wasn't that bad.
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I don't know how bad folks claim it hurts, because I did not know anyone who had one done before I had mine, but it definitely DOES hurt! The pain, however, is fairly short-lived and does not require pain medication other than perhaps some Tylenol for lingering discomfort afterward.
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Unfortunately it does hurt like crazy. On top of the pain I had ladies in TRAINING trying to draw my blood. After 3 attempts I lost my patience. I looked at the person overseeing the trainees and told her either she did it, and she only had 1 chance, or I was leaving and she could explain to my surgeon why the tests were not done.
You will make it through and it will be well worth the pain to get the approval for the surgery.
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on 1/31/13 12:28 pm
A good collector will take the time to really feel for the pulse first, then make a nice smooth quick stick, get the sample and be out in a matter of seconds. Pressure will be held for 5 minutes at the puncture site immediately following the draw.