Friday, March 23, 2007

Two gross things

  1. I just picked up a book from the library that totally smells like vomit. Yet I really really need to read it and reference it in my dissertation. Does anyone have a nose-peg and some rubber gloves?
  2. This:


My Immigration battle scars just get better and better.

16 Comments:

Clair said...

Just a guess...but I don't think an arm is supposed to look like that!

Lucy said...

What did they do to you?? Your poor arms! *hugs*

StyleyGeek said...

It was just (supposedly) a simple blood test. It hurt quite a lot at the time, and for a couple of hours afterwards, but I thought I was just being a big baby.

The nurse even said when she took the sample: "Oh, nice big veins! This will be easy!"

And then she fucked it up, I guess.

StyleyGeek said...

Oh, and it's two pics of the same arm (I couldn't decide which photo was more dramatic). They only butchered the one.

Elli said...

I get that "oh, nice big veins!" comment all the time, only its usually followed by "come here, inexperienced intern! you can practice on her!" Because one always loves to hear "practice" in the context of "pointy things coming at my epidermis."

The last time this happened the eighteen-year-old girl who was sucking my lifeblood got so focused on drawing back the syringe, she accidentally pulled the needle out. And had to reinsert it. In the same hole. Only not quite. Owwww.

But, even in that case, my arm didn't look like yours! :( I would definitely say to go see somebody if it gets any more scary-looking.

post-doc said...

My goodness! That doesn't make me feel like getting blood taken anytime soon. Though I guess I've never seen a photo that makes me think I'd like to go give blood soon. Huh. That whole statement is now startlingly stupid - let's pretend that didn't happen, OK?

I'm sorry your arm hurts. (That's better, right?) :)

Dr. Brazen Hussy said...

Holy CRAP! owie owie ow!!

RageyOne said...

goodness! that was from a blood test? it looks like a painful bruise from a fall or hitting your arm on something.

Miss M. said...

Whilst its probably just that whoever did the blood drawing accidentally punctured a hole in the other side of your veins and your blood started to slowly leak into the rest of your arm, causing the bruise and swelling, its also probably a good idea to get it checked out (probably by different people, if possible) just in case, especially if it gets any worse (wow, worse than that? ouchy) or doesn't go down in a few days.

Aside from that, quite impressive! Poor arm!

Usually when I go to the blood bank they exclaim over how hard to find my veins are - at least I don't get experimented upon, but I've veterans of the red cross try four or five times before they hit the vein.

StyleyGeek said...

A question for the people who say it might be an idea to get it checked out: why? What could it possibly be besides some (admittedly impressive) leaked blood? Bruises, while spectacular looking, do tend to go away on their own, right?

(I'm just curious because I'm not especially keen to spend $40 for the doctor to tell me to wait for it to heal.)

Allie said...

This has happened to me once or twice and the doc told me it is blood leakage because of capillary puncture. Mine were about the size of a quarter.

Allie said...

Forgot to say that since yours looks bigger, it might be worth getting it checked out.

Geeka said...

I had a similar bruise! Well, strictly speaking, not a bruise, just decomposing blood outside of vasculature.

I bled out so much that I actually fainted.

You should be fine, it will take like 3 weeks to start looking better.

StyleyGeek said...

Thanks, Geeka! (Because, ya know, "decomposing blood" sounds so much better than "bruise".)

And three weeks? Hrmph.

JustMe said...

omg, that is horrible! i had a similar one once. in college, they made me lay down to draw the blood b/c the nurse was so nervous.

Badaunt said...

Jeez! What did they do, use you as a dartboard?