The Anonymous Widower

The Left-Handed Blood Test

As my left arm is the one affected by the stroke and because it was also broken in a bullying incident at school, I generally as for blood tests to be taken from my stronger right arm.  Today, Today, I had my weekly Warfarin blood test in the West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St. Edmunds because I was going to Felixstowe and it was more convenient being on the route I would take.

Today though the blood was taken by a nurse who was left-handed.  She took it from my right arm as normal and it was very pain-free.  Not that I find having blood taken at all troublesome. Because she was the wrong way round did it help?

But I just wonder, if we never think how we take a blood test!  But also I might be lucky, in that they never seem to hurt and all I have to show for them a few hours later is a tiny spot. C on the other hand, feared them and had tremendous trouble taking a test.

But it has to be said that some jobs may be better done, by someone who is left or right-handed.  For years, my father said that to be a compositor, or someone who sets letterpress type, you had to do it right-handed. But then he hired a temporary comp, who was left-handed.  There was nothing wrong with his work at all, but he was just a bit ungainly to my father’s experienced eye.

June 28, 2010 - Posted by | Health | , ,


  1. I am the proverbial stone, most people cannot get blood out of me. My newish GP now prescribes EMLA cream, aka “magic cream” to be put on the back of each hand an hour before the test, so he can “poke around” as he puts it. And he does generally get it. Before he joined the practice I used to go to the local private hospital which had an excellent phlebotomist.

    Comment by Liz P | June 28, 2010 | Reply

  2. I think it’s all down to the person doing the test! Nurses often tend to do it painlessly because they are so experienced. Worst blood test I ever had was from a GP.


    Comment by Lesley Maciver | June 29, 2010 | Reply

  3. We have a dedicated, in more ways than one, at the surgery. She is very good.

    When I arrived home from hospital my left arm wasn’t too good, due to some of the tests, I had had taken.

    But the arm is fine now!

    Comment by AnonW | June 29, 2010 | Reply

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