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Today's draw - Elizabeth Unexplained
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greyautumnrain
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Today's draw
Today's blood draw was exactly the opposte of last month's. The woman doing it didn't even seem to look for the vein, just stuck me and drew a vial of blood in less than a minute. That's the way it should work.

While this was a different woman than the one who was successful last time after the first one botched it, they did have one thing in common. It would probably be very naughty and un-PC of me to ask that from now on only the black women in the lab do my blood draws, but darn it, it sure seems like the black ladies are the ones who know what they're doing.

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remcat From: remcat Date: February 27th, 2006 09:18 am (UTC) (Link)
I wonder if it's the same tech that draws blood at the office I go to ... tall, slender, Jamaican accent? She was also great -- such a light touch I often didn't feel the needle go in.
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: February 27th, 2006 09:38 am (UTC) (Link)
Nope, no Jamaican accent, though I did get one like that at another site, down to the ultra-light touch. It not just the one lab; I've certainly noticed a general trend. I think what I'm seeing is actually a side effect of discrimination. These women are probably capable of doing a lot more than drawing blood, but for some reason do not have better paying jobs.
remcat From: remcat Date: February 27th, 2006 09:45 am (UTC) (Link)
For all we know they are doctors or whatever -- just not in this country. My mom's old work employed a lot of immigrants to look after physically and mentally disabled adults, and there were several who had MDs or PHDs in their home country, but couldn't find work here.
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: February 27th, 2006 12:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, except that most of them sound as American as hambugers and sneakers, but its certainly possible for those with accents.
mijven From: mijven Date: February 27th, 2006 09:56 am (UTC) (Link)

Huh, I wonder if my lady (who left the practice between the boys) moved up to your area. I knew her name at one time (and a vague ideas of her working hours) because I was just so grateful to not have to risk fainting in order to provide blood.

But obviously not grateful enough for my brain to save her name to long-term storage.
enugent From: enugent Date: February 27th, 2006 10:30 am (UTC) (Link)
I've had the same experience at Post Office Square. The Chinese lady was unbearable (and I have really really good veins). The black lady (tall, a bit heavyset, no accent) was excellent.
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: February 27th, 2006 12:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know the tall black lady in Post Office Square, and yes, she's quite good.

Hmm.... now that I think of it I've been giving blood a lot lately in all sorts of different labs. No wonder I'm noticing trends in the relative ability of those taking it.
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