On Bruising…

Before our wedding day, Mr. Toadstool and I need to get a blood test done as a requisite for our marriage license. No big deal—you go, they pinch you in the arm, and you get the results a bit later. The problem is, I’m very bad at it. It’s not that I get nervous (which I do) or cry like a little kid scared of needles (which I also do), it’s that my arms don’t like needles.

Yep, I don’t like needles. / Image via Upbeat Dad

Every time I get a blood test I get a horrible, big, dark purple bruise that can last for days; sometimes I can’t even move my arm.

Now, I bet you can imagine how cute that huge purple bruise will look in my strapless dress, right?

Image via Nate’s Cartoons

What? Of course I’ve never taken a picture of my bruised arm.

My mom advised me a series of creams that should help with the bruising, but really, my best bet is to do it as early as we can. I called the register office and they told me they can use labs from up to 14 days prior to the wedding, not older.

Two weeks sounds like a fair amount of time, and I hope that if I use some bruising cream I’ll have normal arms for the big day.

Any advice? Did you have a similar issue?


Mrs. Toadstool

Obregon, Mexico
Wedding Date:
December 2012
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    nikstar 246 posts, Helper bee @ 2:56 am

    Drink lots of water, this will give you nice veins so you wont bruise and the collect will be easy in the first place. if you can and if your blood tests permits take a valium or something to relax. if you are just getting basic biochemistry and FBC testing done for a general health check then a mild sedative will not hurt. If you are required to do a 10-12 hour fast beforehand to as you have to get your blood glucose or cholesterol checked then you can still drink heaps of water just no food, a lot of people think you cannot have water either when you have to fast however this is not true. perhaps have someone come with you to talk to you and keep you distracted. depending on the blood test you can request to lay down, this often helps and dont watch. good luck

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    firebugj16 113 posts, Blushing bee @ 4:22 am

    They always have problems finding my vein, and when they finally do I’m definitely bruised. A hospital nurse told me to always ask for the kids needle – hopefully everyone’s tips keeps you bruise free on your wedding day.

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    happyface 5777 posts, Bee Keeper @ 8:07 am

    We don’t require a blood test before the marriage licence. Yippee! And yeah, can’t it be done on the leg so it won’t show, I am sure the blood is the same in the leg as it is in the arm? LOL
    I am sure if you explain it to the nurse doing it she should understand.

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    msfox 1635 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:23 pm

    How annoying that you need the blood test! I feel you on the bruise, but I have noticed that the better the nurse is at placing the needle, the less bruised I get. That, and the aforementioned arnica oil or cream!

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    fronkinzankinsbride 46 posts, Newbee @ 4:50 pm

    Take an iron supplement. Start ASAP. Drink lots of water. Do the pressure and above the heart thing. And then ice it after that.

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    jaquita 74 posts, Worker bee @ 9:01 am

    Making sure your iron levels are up will help your blood be able to clot and reduce bruising. Taking a supplement or increasing foods that are high in iron (like spinach and red meat) will help, but you need to do it regularly for a week or so ahead of time.

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