Blood Work 101: Know the Basics
- You did it. You finally reached that point in adulthood where your health has become a priority (and you’re even making your own appointments!). You brush your teeth after every meal, get your fruits and veggies in every day and even scheduled that blood draw your doctor asked you to get done. Bravo!
- With your blood draw appointment suddenly looming, there are some things you need to know both before and after you go under the needle. But, don’t worry. We have you covered. Here are some tips for a successful day with the phlebotomist (a nurse or other healthcare worker that draws blood):
- H2O It Up
- Drinking plenty of water is recommended before having your blood drawn. Aside from the fact that water naturally keeps your body moving, it also makes veins easier to find and draw from. That means a fast-moving appointment with less painful poking that doesn’t … (wait for it) … rain on your parade.
Fast Smart, Not Hard
- Fasting is the act of abstaining from consuming food or drink for several hours prior to your appointment. Many tests don’t require that you fast beforehand, but some do, such as testing your blood sugar levels (glucose). Be sure to ask your doctor beforehand if you need to fast and if so, for how long.
- If fasting is deemed necessary, you are only permitted to drink water prior to the appointment. However, it is customarily acceptable to take any required medications or vitamins (unless your doctor says otherwise). After that, feel free to resume your normal eating and drinking habits.
Snack Your Heart Out
- After you have had your blood drawn—regardless of whether or not you had to fast—be sure to have a small snack, such as a banana, chips or a cookie. Remember: Blood has been removed from your body, so be sure to help build it back up with some food fuel. Bring the snack with you in the event you’re going to school or work from the appointment. Otherwise, stop along the way for a well-deserved treat.
Keep Bandage Bondage Brief
- As with anything that pierces flesh, your arm will receive a bandage after your appointment. Keep it on for an hour to ensure the wound has clotted, then remove and go about your business. The area may bruise, but it should clear up in a couple of days.
- Now, if you secretly didn’t schedule your blood draw (it’s okay, we won’t tell), be sure to find one of our convenient locations near you to do so.
For more information about drawing blood or for any other questions regarding testing, contact us today.
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