Yesterday we went down to children's to be part of 2 research projects. This was nice, in that they work together, which cuts down on the time/visits involved. They each required a blood sample from each of us. The last time we had something like this was when the kids were 3. They are looking at specific genetic markers, variations and mutations in DNA and they may also look at mitochondrial DNA. Blood draws usually aren't a big deal. We put a little emla cream on the kids, and bing bam boom...no big deal.
Well, that is how it should have been. The technician doing the draw was an employee of Children's Hospital here, and to be quite honest, all my experiences in blood draws at Children's have been that they have excellent technicians. This time however, not so much. Having had my fair share of experience, not only with myself, but with Levi and on the rare occasion with Georgia, I feel like I know how to tell the good from the bad.
Levi went first. She got his vein the first try, which was good. However, partway through, it stopped flowing...so she starts moving the needle around and then she pushes it in farther. Oh man, the feelings that came over me when I saw her doing what she was doing.... Luckily, Levi was fairly distracted by the movie and didn't complain too much.
Then comes Georgia. Georgia can't even remember the last time she has had blood drawn, which means, that it has probably been a while. A couple years at least. There has never been an issue in the past...but this time....well it wasn't good. The Technician gets the 4 vials that she needed. She reaches over to get the gauze to apply as she removes the needle and in the process Georgia's arm bends a little and Georgia makes a funny noise. All still seems to be fine, she applies the gauze and pulls out the needle. Then she tells Curtis to hold her head.
Now I'm standing behind Georgia next to Levi...so I can't see her face, but her head starts to wobble and drops forward. Curtis leans her back and I step forward realizing that she has passed out and hold her head. I look down, and her eyes have gone completely black (eerily reminding me of times that Levi's eyes have done the same thing.). Her pupils have taken all but a sliver of the blue iris. She starts shaking and I have that moment of panic.
I look at the Technician and ask, "Is she having a seizure?!"
She says, "Well, kinda."
I shoot her a look and said, "It either IS or ISN'T, there is no KINDA!"
"Well, yes, it is a seizure, but she is okay, see, it has stopped now, Sometimes it happens if they haven't had enough to eat or drink."
In the moment I'm thinking, What the heck! We are here trying to help people and researchers...maybe we need to stop participating.
The student researchers that were in the room, said, that yes, this is not uncommon and happens from time to time when someone gets their blood drawn.
But I'm still thinking, She had a seizure! Holy Moly, people....I'm kinda freaking out right now, and ya'll just need to step back and not touch Georgia.
Georgia of course, was very tired from then on out. Despite the shortness of the seizure, it defiantly seemed to drain her. She was white as a ghost and dripping with sweat. They did get her some water and a Popsicle which made her happy. She seemed relatively unaware that anything happened and only complained of feeling not very good and being hot. We haven't told her anything more than just her fainting.
Well, I felt and still feel terrible about it. I hardly slept last night.
After we left we got dinner and froyo. She loved that, and her color finally came back with some food in her tummy.
So here is my question. Has anyone else experienced more than just fainting from a blood draw?