Thursday, 22 July 2010

Persona non grata

Awww thank you so much for your kind and supportive comments yesterday!!
You guys and gals ROCK!
You are all just too AWESOME!!!
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Today I had to have a blood sample taken – it’s an ongoing medical thingy so am very used to the procedure except this time there was a new system in place.

Instead of the blue A4 size paper that my doctor ticks for the phlebotomist to read and know what blood samples goes in which tube, my doctor now gives me a tiny barcode.

The idea being the phlebotomist scans the barcode and et voila!! All necessary information will appear on her monitor. No more messing with bits of A4 paper – that’s so last month!

Except when the nice phlebotomist scanned my little barcode – she found nothing. The barcode failed to register anything. I had become persona non grata.

So I spent another couple of hours chasing up medical personnel able to activate my little barcode.

So maybe my blood could be taken and I could come off my fast (I had to fast for 24 hours before my blood test) and EAT something before I faint.

New technology eh? Who’d have em?!?!

Charlie says: I like paper. It makes good bedding.


Fellow soul blogger sister and shoe fetishist Ann of Inkpots n Quills is running a fab giveaway, details here! Please pop over and say I sent you and please could she give me her giveaway prize, thank you! LOL! :-)

Have a techno-paradise Thursday everyone!

26 comments:

Kea said...

Barcodes for blood work? Very high tech! As far as I know, we're still using the old-fashioned paper method for the blood requisitions. At least my doctor's office was last year. I'll find out next month when I go for my own annual blood work.

What a big pain in the butt for you! And all the while, you're starving. You have my sympathies--I don't go more than a few hours without food unless I'm sleeping. LOL.

Why doesn't the medical profession in the entire UK just listen to Charlie? He knows what's right!

ABBY said...

Within the past two weeks I had to have my first colonoscopy. My directions told me to be on clear liquids the day before the procedure. I opted for a bit more of a drastic approach after reading up on the procedure and began my clear liquids two day prior. I also did the wonderful laxatives for two days. I thought I would be clean as a whistle. Guess what? After all that they told me I did a "poor prep" and they could only see 50% of my lovely colon. After all of that, I told them that is all they are going to see for quite some time. Thank you and goodnight Doctor.

So I feel for you!

Abby says:
Hi handsome Charlie, aren't you glad that you don't have to go through these things?

Purrin

m.q said...

happy thursday to charlie
and hope everythings will ok with ur blood test :)

Ann said...

Hey Kitty, thanks for the mention. Your name will defo be in the hat or the bowl. Which it may be.

I hope you got something to eat before you swooned. Imagine, we are now being reduced to barcodes.

Brian said...

Oh my, if they did that when I was at the vets I would have a hissy fit, literally! Hey Charlie, paper is so comfy!!!

Winston said...

Sorry we didn't read your blog yesterday, we are still unpacking (yay - boxes!). Mama wanted to tell you not to be discouraged by the knockbacks - everyone goes through yucky patches.You are a really talented writer and we know that people out there will love your stories, so persevere and we know that you will succeed! Love from Winston, Harry and Amanda x

Beth Zimmerman said...

I'm glad they found you and activated your code (sounds very Matrix) before you passed out from starvation! I hate fasting blood work! Something always seems to postpone it!

Kat_RN said...

The modern world is great, when it all works. Hope all is well with the blood work.
Kat

Susan Fields said...

I'll pop over to Ann's and let her know you sent me - thanks for the link! And Charlie looks sooo comfy. :)

KarenG said...

I entered Ann's contest. I discovered her about the same time I discovered you. I like shoes too. Can I be in your club?

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Wow, a 24 hour fast! That's a long one. I hope everything turns out okay.

Katnip Lounge said...

Sheesh! It must be going around...Both Hubby & I had appt's for bloodwork yesterday and the computer with the orders was down...next available time(s) are in August, two weeks AFTER we have the follow-up appointments with the doctor scheduled! AArgghh!

Tell Charlie I'm going to hide under his bedding for a bit and sulk.

Creepy Query Girl said...

lol- I love that picture! Sorry about the blood tube bar code- I get very very cranky if I haven't eaten. Like, scary cranky. My husband knows he better keep me well fed or else. lol. And thanks for the heads up about the giveaway!

fairyhedgehog said...

Bad naughty barcode! I hate fasting blood tests.

Hannah and Lucy said...

Jenn bar codes (ha ha I typed bat codes first- perhaps they would have been more efficient!!) - perhaps next time your bar codes can starve for a day for you. Hope you got something to eat without having to wait much longer.
Purrs for Charlie and chocolate for you.

Simon Kewin said...

Eek, good job it wasn't your ID card records they lost : then you officially wouldn't exist at all!

Sammy and Andy said...

Sometimes the old ways are still the best ways!!!!!!!

Hey, Charlie, great sleeping spot!!!!! xxxxxxxx

Talli Roland said...

Wow, the NHS is really going all high-tech isn't it? When it works, that is! :)

Hope you had a good fry-up after the test.

Bossy Betty said...

Perhaps getting barcodes tattooed on our foreheads would help. Are you with me? You go first and then I'll go. Really! I promise!

Jenny Woolf said...

Oh dear! Blood barcodes! Actually
I think having to do more fasting would be the thing that really get me down!

Hart Johnson said...

I hate that when they try to be all clever, but have failed to have a backup plan for when it fails! Sorry for the hassle!

Charlie--Cali likes paper too, though not as much as the dog, and he weighs quite a bit more and growls when you try to get the newspaper from under him...

Ginger Jasper said...

Oh sometimes the changes are not for the better. I hope the blood tests came back good. I also hope you have now eaten a good meal. Love the picture.. Hugs GJ xx

Jacqueline said...

I hope you are doing ok and get great blood test results!...Technology sucks sometimes, especially when it's not working correctly; sorry you had such a hard time...My girls like to lay on paper too and send many kisses to handsome Charlie...J, Calle, Halle, Sukki

Guinevere said...

I hope Charlie doesn't shred your piles of papers like my kitty likes to do!

And I hope you're having a happier writing day today. :) We all have down days, but you'll be okay. Also, can't we be writers and still fulfill our destinies as those crazy cat ladies? Because that's what I'm planning on. I like being a crazy cat lady!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I love the bar code method! The library uses them for automated check out and I can re-new my books over the phone or online by just having my library card's bar code number. So fast and easy. I think more and more hospitals and labs are using it for the same ease. I'm glad they were able to figure out the glitch in your bar code so you didn't have to remain fasting any longer than you needed to!

laughingwolf said...

paper rules ;)