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    [–] My dad was taken away from me at 14 EnhancedSurveillance 2 points ago in Alzheimers

    I've never lost a parent, but as someone who's lost close family to Alzheimer's my advice would be to try your hardest to remember them as they were. You will unfortunately never get him back as he used to be but you can live the rest of your life with his love for you in your heart. Remember the good times you had with him growing up and the life lessons he taught you. It might even be therapeutic to write them down so that you still have the memories long after he's gone. He may never meet his grandchildren (if you decide to have children one day) but you can make sure they know what a great man he was and how he influenced your life.

    Don't be afraid to talk to people about it if you have close people you can trust. They probably won't be able to say or do anything to help but having a listening ear and shoulder to cry on can be helpful. What you're doing through is extremely difficult and you probably won't be able to go through it alone.

    If it's really affecting you in your day-to-day life, it might be worth asking your mom to talk to a therapist or some other professional. There are professionals out there that can help you in grieving for your father despite him technically still being alive.

    [–] What happens when you miss? EnhancedSurveillance 5 points ago * (lasted edited 5 days ago) in phlebotomy

    I do agree that an outpatient area is easier. I've worked in both and outpatients tend to be more "with it" than inpatients so it's easier to get them to cooperate which can make your life easier.

    Just keep in mind that there are different obstacles with outpatients. You're more likely to see "first timers" in an outpatient area so you need to be more cautious of hazards such as fainting and seizures during phlebotomy. Also, I found outpatients are more likely to be critical of you and your collection techniques than inpatients. This is where having confidence is very important because outpatients often need more reassuring before/during the procedure than inpatients.

    I used to miss a lot too. I've gotten a lot better but still miss from time to time, especially on a hard patient. Be careful when redirecting, especially if you can feel tendons or anything close to the vein. If you aren't sure, it's better to just pull out and try again than to keep trying and hurt someone. Some people know they have tough veins and might mention it. If they tell you that, it's never a bad idea to open up a conversation about it. The first response I usually have is "where to they tend to have the best luck?" and then I'll decide how to go on from there. Some people will wait till after the collection has failed and then tell you "oh yeah by the way, my veins always collapse unless they use a butterfly."

    As everyone else has said, if you miss just let them know you couldn't get the blood and ask to collect from their other arm. I never try more than twice since usually by that point I'm starting to get stressed/annoyed with myself for not being able to get it and going for more collections won't help. I'll go for a third the odd time if I know I can do it and the patient is willing, but I try not to and it also doesn't often come to that.

    If you have any other phlebotomy related questions, feel free to reach out to me! I'm relatively new to the field compared to some others and still remember how it felt to be nervous and really bad at phlebotomy so I might be of some help.

    [–] Does it matter if I eat this tastycake for breakfast as long as I track it? EnhancedSurveillance 1 points ago in caloriecount

    Oatmeal and cereal do have more vitamins and other things to help keep you healthy, though. Just make sure that you eat other healthy foods during the day and maybe take a multivitamin! When I first started calorie counting I ate a whole bunch of junk all the time because it fit within my calories for the day. I ended up losing weight (which was my goal) but I was constantly exhausted. It made it a struggle to work out or do any kind of regular activities because of my lack of proper nutrients. Dont fall into the same trap I did, malnutrition is not fun!

    [–] My [23F] boyfriend [26M] is addicted to games/electronics and I’m honestly thinking about breaking up with him. EnhancedSurveillance 1 points ago in relationships

    He doesn't seem to be very invested in the relationship. My S/O and myself are both gamers but have an unspoken agreement that if one of us wants time in person, that takes priority over gaming. Also I can understand people who have social anxiety and use their phones as a "safety blanket" but what your boyfriend did at your family event is extremely rude and I wouldn't be surprised if his behaviour offended your family.

    If you haven't already, it might be worth having a conversation explaining exactly how you feel, especially what you mentioned about feeling neglected. If he refuses to change or take you seriously, it might be time for you to move on.

    [–] Why does reddit hate fat people so much? EnhancedSurveillance 5 points ago in TooAfraidToAsk

    As a student in the medical field who has read numerous textbooks and scientific journals on this and other topics, I'm genuinely intrigued by your statement. Would you be willing to share the sources of any of the readings you're referring to?