Tuesday, November 13, 2007

blood

So, as a result of my blood giving last week I have developed a rather large hematoma. Basically my upper forearm is bruised with petechiae and quite sore. It developed the day after giving blood (last Tuesday) and is still persisting. I'm now wondering if I should go see someone about it and get my clotting factors checked. But, if it goes away by Friday I'm going to leave it. I've never had this happen to me before and have given blood several times. It makes me wonder what happened. It seemed to me that they left the tourniquet on pretty tight during the entire procedure so I guess that could have caused some back pressure and a bleed. I also took pressure off the wound for a couple of seconds to find my phone in my bag after donating. I dunno, it's weird though. This is a very small picture of what it looks like (sorry, taken on my phone).

7 comments:

Polly said...

That is a rather spectacular bruise! Hope it clears up soon :)

Xavier Emmanuelle said...

Ouch! Hope that clears up soon!

Milk & Two Sugars said...

Wow, impressive! I once had a consultant haematologist who volunteered to be a "healthy control" for bleeding times and came out decidedly runny. The ultimate irony.

Harry said...

Aaaah! I've got to get my blood taken next week by occ health!!

Did I mention I'm terrified of needles?

Midwife with a Knife said...

That's an impressive hematomato! :)

Xavier Emmanuelle said...

Better yet? Hope the studying is going well!


Oh Harry, I feel your pain! (I completely got over my needle phobia over the summer, but it seems to have come back with a vengeance!)

medstudentitis said...

nope - still there but kind of improving as long as I don't touch it.