At least once a week, I have to get blood drawn to comply with a treatment regimen. I don't have a problem with this. I'm not afraid of needles.
The trouble is that I can't always have the same person draw me.
Someone who has worked with me before knows that using the smallest needle is most effective and won't cause me pain.
When my preferred phlebotomist isn't available, I am still required to stay on schedule and have the blood work done.
I always make a point of insisting that the smaller needle be used, but this doesn't go over well with everyone. There have been several instances where I've had someone grant my request, but they were clearly not too happy about it.
My question is: How can I be firm on what I need without coming across as insolent?
I can sympathize with the people who don't like my request. From my own work experience, I understand how frustrating it is to have someone tell you how to do your job when they are the one asking for help.
However, I've had this procedure done more times than I can recall, and I know what works for me based on several painful experiences.
Maintaining a good relationship with anyone who cares for me is important because I may have to accept help from that person again in the future.
The small needle is referred to as a "butterfly"
I think they may be reluctant to use the small needle because they tend to have a more limited supply of these, and they are typically used on children.
The procedure doesn't seem to take much time at all with the small needle.
It's not a hospital setting. Every time I go to the facility, I have to present a copy of my insurance card and a doctor's order. If there is any kind of chart system, I've never seen it.
The suggestion to refer to my preferred phlebotomist by name may work the best. There are very few staff members, and they seem to know each other well.