One thing I have learned in the last month or so is the value of a good phlebotomist. This is the person who draws your blood. I've had amazing luck with the phlebotomists at NIH and one guy is my clear favorite - Raj - because I swear he has the lightest touch with the needle and it doesn't hurt so much at all. Today I had someone new and gosh darn it, she hurt me. I don't ever want her again because that was painful. I'm used to other lab techs hurting a bit, but I could always trust the phlebotomist not to hurt me. I'll have to be more choosy next time. Ha! Like they would let me. They always seem so annoyed when I insist on the recliner chair because they have to drag the stuff from their cube, but unless they want me passed out on the floor of their little cubicle, they better put me in the chair. The chair is not too comfortable, but it reclines.
I spent nearly three hours at NIH today for some blood work and a nurse to look at my mouth sores. At least I got to order lunch (ham and swiss on rye) while I waited and watch a Travel Channel show on Istanbul. Waiting in phlebotomy took nearly an hour and then waiting for the nurse took another hour. At least the pharmacy was quick for a change. I think I scored the lottery on that wait today. I hate waiting. Ugh.