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This Time Was Different

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

I've been used to having my blood drawn monthly for years. I've never been afraid, only annoyed when I knew I could have done a better  job.

It was different this time. I sat shivering in the sterile, turquoise, padded, chair. This was no normal blood draw, this draw could mean life or death.

I watched her every move, not out of casual observance, but out of questioning and fear.

The lab tech fumbled around searching for a rubber tube to tie around my bicep. As she did, a single tear fell from my right eye.

"Are you ok dear?"

"Yes, I've had blood drawn almost monthly for years. It must just be my contact."

She went about gathering the tubes, needle, and an alcohol patch. When she found her items, my heart began to beat more quickly, the room began to spin, and darken. I felt a touch on my shoulder, "Teri, breathe, it's going to be ok, just breathe."

I inhaled deeply and, with the oxygen I pulled into my lungs, the light returned, the room normalized, and I was more stable than before.

I watched as she wrapped the tubing around my arm, and as she tore open the packet that contained the gauze soaked in alcohol.

I began to feel lightheaded once more and turned to the right, I could no longer watch. I  deepened my breathing. I then felt the coolness of the alcohol on my skin, and a tiny sting.

Within seconds, within an eternity, it was over. She had three tubes, containing crimson fluid that had once flowed through my veins, in her hands and set them aside. A gauze pad was placed on my arm where the needle had been inserted, and it was secured with paper tape.

I stared at the tubes knowing any of the three could be a death sentence. My head was spinning, my world was spinning. My thoughts were consumed, not only with my own mortality, but with my friends, my family and everything in between.

"Teri, you look rather pale. I'd prefer it if you would sit here for a minute or two."

I didn't have enough energy to challenge her on the subject. I settled into the chair, leaned my head against the hard, concrete wall, and breathed slowly, and deeply.

After a bit, she  released me to go on my way. I was on my way to wait days for the results, agonizing days.

About a week had passed and a nurse called. She quickly said said, "Teri, we have one of the tests back and it's positive. You need to come in as soon as possible."

I dropped my phone and it fell to the stone floor. Tears flowed from my eyes. I put my head on the island and cried as never before. I didn't think of the other tests, or their potential results, I just mindlessly cried. It was if the tears would, themselves, wash away the reality of the results I'd just received.

I pulled myself together to make needed calls, and after I crumbled onto the bed, I cried until I slept.



Andrea L February 6, 2014 at 4:10 AM  

I am so sorry you are going through this! You have definitely not had an easy year... My thoughts and prayers are with you wishing you all the best in what you are dealing with..

Kristy February 6, 2014 at 4:19 AM  

I don't know what you are positive for but hope what ever it is you can get through it. Wishing the best for you.

cj Schlottman February 6, 2014 at 6:03 AM  

Oh, Diva! I'm sending love and healing energy your way....XOXOXO

Karen Mortensen February 6, 2014 at 7:14 AM  

Oh, I am so sorry. My thoughts are with you.

jen February 6, 2014 at 7:30 AM  

Ok, Friend. This is too much for me to handle. What is up?

Unknown February 6, 2014 at 10:15 AM  

My darling Diva.. my heart aches for you and I send love and healing prayers and angels to war for you in this valley. While at the same time calling out the Princess in you to stand up, get her devil kicking heels on her feet and start stomping some holes in his head momma. If you need me I am but a phone call away.. you got the digits..

Susie - Walking Butterfly February 6, 2014 at 10:16 AM  

Love and prayers going your way dear lady! Susie

Unknown February 6, 2014 at 10:24 AM  

Strength your way for the beast you have to now fight, Teri.

Cheryl D. February 6, 2014 at 7:32 PM  

I have no clue what battle you're in for, but I have full faith you will kick ass and win.

Rob-bear February 6, 2014 at 7:34 PM  

Oh, this sounds so very scary, Teri!

Blessings and Bear hugs!

The Bipolar Diva February 6, 2014 at 8:19 PM  

you all are amazing. Thank you so much! Still afraid, being treated, more tests next week and probably will be watched for awhile, but, I'm better than I was!! :)

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