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Does anybody else have mini veins? Does anybody else have mini veins?

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Unread 11-04-2002, 03:35 PM
Does anybody else have mini veins?

I am certainly scared about surgery, but my first hurdle was to donate my own blood for upcoming surgery. Went to appointment today and found out the procedure wasn't all that bad - and I really didn't feel faint at all. They even got my vein on the first try. But....

The reason I probably didn't feel faint was they couldn't get enough blood out of my small vein. They were only able to get a quarter of the blood they needed. Told me to come back next week for a try in the other arm. My veins are so small - doubt if other arm will make a difference. I guess if I can't give my own blood , I have to take chance with donor blood. I am a little frustrated about this - and not too much I can do about it. Don't think one can actually increase the size of their veins. Wondering if I should even go in and give it a try next week. Maybe I should just try to hold on to my blood for upcoming surgery.
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Unread 11-04-2002, 04:01 PM
Does anybody else have mini veins?

I have the same problem giving blood. I no longer donate because they never get a pint and they through it away if they do not have full pint. Good Luck.
Unread 11-04-2002, 04:03 PM
Me too

I too have small veins - I also have the kind that "clamp" down once the needle finally gets in there. I don't know about donation this way, but the nurse usually uses a "butterfly" on me to get my blood. They usually have to use the back of my hand too.

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Unread 11-04-2002, 08:10 PM
Does anybody else have mini veins?

Would there be a chance that its just your valves in your veins being in a certain place and thats where they always put the needle when you donate?
My real sister and I used to donate plasma and they always stuck us in the crook of the arm and used a blood presure cuff above that, pretty much the same way blood donation is done.
If the cuff is too tight or the needle is in or very near a valve it will change your ability for a good donation.
It was just a thought even tho i realize we are all different and some having smaller veins is a possiblity, some are deeper too so when you donate, its hard to get the right one to use.
Please talk this over with your doctor and discuss if you should finish your donation for your surgery and their thoughts on it.
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Unread 11-05-2002, 03:43 PM
Does anybody else have mini veins?

Thanks Maria - I will talk to my Dr. Am going to try another donation on Monday - using the other arm. Probably will call my Dr. first - to see if he can recommend a better way.
Unread 03-22-2003, 11:01 AM
Does anybody else have mini veins?

Well I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one. I've never donated blood before (I tend to be a fainter). This morning I went to donate for myself and they sent me home, couldn't find a big enough vein. I'm supposed to try again Monday or Tuesday, after drinking lots and lots of fluids. I'll give it one more try!
Unread 03-22-2003, 01:09 PM
Does anybody else have mini veins?

I have always had problems with giving blood. I have also had difficulties with iv's for the same reason. I am a large woman and have always thought it was an irony that I have 'small' veins when nothing else about me is small. They have always assured me that I have plenty of blood. Don't be afraid to tell them that people sometimes have problems finding your veins so that they will be more careful. Good luck,
Unread 03-22-2003, 11:53 PM
Does anybody else have mini veins?

Make sure you hydrate yourself really well the day before and the day you will be donating blood.

Make sure you drink at least half your weight in water the day before and drink 3 to 4 glasses of water within 2 hours before you donate.

This will increase your blood volume and give you nice plump veins. Much easier for the phlebotomist to stick you.

Unread 03-23-2003, 03:25 AM

Try running your arm under hot water if there is a sink available just prior to the stick. That helps too.
I start IV's on myself every month when I hemorrhage to infuse a blood product. If I've bled badly already, I tend to be dehydrated and have trouble. Lot and lots of fluid (even the day before will help keep you plumped).
As far as enlarging veins ... my DS has teeny, tiny veins and they are deep. At the ER one time it took the A-man 8 tries before getting in (he was also dehydrated)! My DS started weight training this year (he's 15) and is THRILLED to see his veins are larger and closer to the surface.
I know it won't help now... but something to consider.
s and Good Luck. Let us know how it goes Monday.
Unread 03-23-2003, 04:33 AM
Does anybody else have mini veins?

I'm of the small vein category and when younger felt faint many a time when I needed a blood draw (they've used baby tubes, you name it). IVs were a nightmare and for a gyn surgery years ago they were talking about trying my neck when they couldn't get one in my hand. I freaked! Finally a very patient anesthesiologist got the IV in my hand, and he mentioned to me the hydration factor. It works! I've never been able to donate due to chronic borderline anemia, but getting really hydrated does indeed plump up those veins (and no caffeine, it will dehydrate), so IVs and blood draws are a snap. Saves so much agony for both patient and medical personnel when veins are plumped

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