Tests

Last week I went to see the Vampire nurse.

My letter said ‘Fasting bloods’ and no mention of any other test. 😉

I brought my arm! 😆

“Did you bring…..?” she began to ask.

“I didn’t. The letter never mentioned bring a sample, I checked.”

“Could you manage one for me now ?” She asks producing a syringe.

“Sorry” I said “You haven’t a hope. It will be at least lunchtime before I can manage a drop!”

“Well, take this home and put the filled syringe in the bag when you are finished, seal it, and return it to the clinic!”

I know you don’t believe me

Syringe for sample

Syringe for sample

On previous occasions we had little bottles for this purpose

Old and new styles

Old and new styles

The old style was easier to fill, this time I used a foil cupcake dish and drew the liquid into the syringe, replaced the cap,  put it in the bag with my details and returned it to the clinic.

Have you come across these syringes before?

20 thoughts on “Tests

  1. nick

    I have one of the little bottles (given to me some time ago) which I’m due to use for a check-up in a few weeks’ time. I’ll see if they give me a different type to use in future.

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    1. Grannymar Post author

      Nick, I usually have one of those bottles (see the photo) in reserve, in case of emergency. I know our health centre is very up to date with ideas, but this one suprised me.

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  2. rummuser

    Nuts! wonder if it is different for males. I was given a small bottle! In any case, here, I have the luxury of getting the sample collector to come home at my convenience to take samples.

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    1. Grannymar Post author

      Ramana, I imagine they are the same for everyone. Maybe Nick will let us know after his next visit.

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    1. Grannymar Post author

      We normally do both tests at home. The fecal sample testers come by post with instructions how to carry out the test, then we post off the samples to the lab. What a job… testing shit all day!!!

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    1. Grannymar Post author

      Normally, my letter asks me to bring a sample, The most preferred is the first of the day, they say it reveals more info. I have the bladder of a camel, so it takes a loonnnng time for liquid to pass through my body.

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  3. Bev

    OMG! Have to laugh. Never saw one of those before. For home I guess that is a good way to store it to bring back to the lab. For sure the catch-cup leaves a lot to be desired. What were they thinking when they designed them for women. There is always new things, some great and some not so great. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Grannymar Post author

      I laughed too. You need a dish of some sort to collect the liquid before drawing it into the syringe. I never came across anything like it before. I give the idea six months!

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  4. wisewebwoman

    I wonder how the sample stays hygienic in this methodology, the container for extraction could be contaminated, right?

    Never saw these, it makes no sense.

    XO
    WWW

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  5. bikehikebabe66

    When we were in Paris it was difficult to find a place to pee–excuse the bluntness. I went in a side door to a GYN OB unit that I happened to be passing. I used the bathroom but didn’t leave a urine specimen. 🙂

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  6. cedar51

    nope not seen that gadget here, yet…although I haven’t had to fill one lately 🙂 I’m more into tubes of blood and the young woman at my local labtest place knows I have “difficult veins” and then afterwards far too much blood!

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    1. Grannymar Post author

      A hot water bottle held against the inner arm, sometimes helps to enlarge the veins and make the job of the vampire nurse easier, Cathy!

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