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Having My Blood Drawn

  • Mother and patient checking in at the front desk

    Sometimes I have to get my blood drawn.

  • Mother and patient sitting in the waiting room

    First, I go to the waiting room. It has toys, books, and a TV.

  • The phlebotomist and a patient flexing her bicep

    When they call my name, I go to a room and meet the phlebotomist. Phlebotomist is a special name for the person that will draw my blood.

  • Patient deciding if he wants to lay down or sit in a chair

    The phlebotomist will ask me if I want to lay down or sit in a chair. I can choose which one I like better. The phlebotomist will be happy when I make a choice.

  • Phlebotomist putting on a tourniquet

    Once I lie down or sit, the phlebotomist will wrap a big piece of rubber around my arm. This is called a tourniquet.

  • Tourniquet squeezing a patient's arm

    The rubber will squeeze my arm a little bit, but I know that I am brave. The phlebotomist thinks I am brave too!

  • Phlebotomist quickly poking a patient with a butterfly needle

    Next, the phlebotomist will use a very tiny needle, called a butterfly needle, to quickly poke my skin. This might feel like when my friend pinches me. I can take deep breaths to stay calm. I know that I will be fine.

  • Phlebotomist collecting blook in a tiny bottle

    The phlebotomist will collect a little bit of blood in a tiny bottle.

  • Phlebotomist holding a cotton square on a patient's arm

    Next, the phlebotomist holds a little cotton square on my arm.

  • Patient with a bandaid

    Next, they will put a band aid on my arm. It feels good to be done!

  • Patient with a sticker

    Because I was so relaxed and calm, the phlebotomist lets me choose a sticker to take home. I know I did a great job!

  • Patient waving goodbye

    Now I am all done and ready to go home. I am glad that I was so brave at the hospital today!

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    Sandy Strong and four of her friends