Golisano Children's Hospital / Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics / Services / Visual Supports / Having My Blood Drawn Having My Blood Drawn Sometimes I have to get my blood drawn. First, I go to the waiting room. It has toys, books, and a TV. 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. 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. Once I lie down or sit, the phlebotomist will wrap a big piece of rubber around my arm. This is called a tourniquet. The rubber will squeeze my arm a little bit, but I know that I am brave. The phlebotomist thinks I am brave too! 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. The phlebotomist will collect a little bit of blood in a tiny bottle. Next, the phlebotomist holds a little cotton square on my arm. Next, they will put a band aid on my arm. It feels good to be done! Because I was so relaxed and calm, the phlebotomist lets me choose a sticker to take home. I know I did a great job! Now I am all done and ready to go home. I am glad that I was so brave at the hospital today! This social story is brought to you by Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Golisano Childrens Hospital. Picture Communication Symbols ©1981–2015 by Mayer-Johnson LLC. All Rights Reserved Worldwide. Used with permission.