New Castle News
NEW CASTLE —
When you get to be my age, blood tests are a regular occurrence.
Since I am on a Medicare supplement, I have to go wherever they tell me.
Three months ago, I went to a different lab than I was accustomed to going.
After a long wait, the lady came in and drew my blood.
She told me she has to use the needle on herself five times a day, so she was pretty good at it.
I never felt a thing.
Well, I had to go back last week, to the same place.
I was happy to see her in the office, and I had confidence she would do a fantastic job on me.
While sitting in the room where they sent me, a male and female came in — not including the lady I was familiar with.
There are no greater words that I enjoy hearing than, "Hi, Gary. I'm a student and I will be taking your blood today."
To put the fear in him, I said, "Anything you do, may end up being published."
The female asked, "Are you the town crier?"
I replied, "Yep."
She started talking about hot dogs, I think, just to get me distracted.
She insisted I try Jib Jab in Girard, before I judge who is best.
Her plan worked, because I did not feel the needle go in.
She congratulated the student on the great job he did.
I then heard the student gasp.
I thought, "This is not good."
The female told him very calmly what to do, and he proceeded to do it.
After he got the needle out, as usual, they put a bandage on my arm.
I left the building, thankful I still had two arms.
When I got to my car and looked down, I thought my arm had become a candy cane.
The bandage, although large, wasn't large enough.
I guess that is what the gasp was about.
This has never happened to me before.
I couldn't wait to get home to show my wife, and maybe fake a fainting spell, so I could get a little sympathy.
When I walked in, she just looked up from the paper and said, "Your arm's bleeding," and went back to reading the funnies.
Maybe I should have come in on crutches.
It will be three more months before I have to go back.
In the meantime, I'll be checking my insurance to see if I have loss of limbs benefits.
I think I may need them.