General chatter - Hidden benefits of losing weight and getting fit

04-17-2012, 11:12 AM
Trips to the phlebotomist.

Me before: 255-275 - 5-6 pokes to get one to two vials of blood and that was after several attempts in both elbows with lots of digging and finally finding something in the top of my hand - after several pokes and digging. It was pure torture. After it was all over, I would leave crying.

Me now (and the last 9 months or so) - one poke, no digging for 5-6 vials of blood. And it doesn't hurt when they find it right away. All the anxiety I used to have about getting a blood draw has finally disappeared. I have confidence they will find a vein and they do.

Over the last 16 months I've had to have blood draws frequently as my thyroid stabilized and they verified everything else was getting better (as EVERYTHING was out of whack 16 months ago). Over that time I went from the drama of 6 pokes and lots of digging to the last several times with a quick draw with no pain or drama.

That right there is reason enough for me to keep the weight off and to exercise. I'll probably have to have blood draws twice yearly for the rest of my life (at least) and I much prefer these easy draws than what I used to experience. That was torture.

Now fingers are crossed that all the blood work turns out fine.

04-17-2012, 11:32 AM
I hope this happens to me! But it seems like I remember even when I was at a lower weight nurses could never find my veins. At one of my lowest weights I remember having to have an IV in the top of my hand for a minor surgery. maybe i just still wasn't small enough then either! lol

04-17-2012, 11:54 AM
Were you exercising too? That, I think, is the biggest difference.

04-17-2012, 11:57 AM
Damn, I've had to deal with repeated stabbings with the needle for years now. Can't wait until it's no longer an ordeal just to get a blood sample!


04-17-2012, 12:07 PM
Congrats, Melissa! There's always hope that getting healthier might reinvigorate your thyroid too (unless you had it radiated or removed, of course). After 3 years of Armour, and some supervised heavy-metal detox, my thyroid is waking back up. My dose is down to 2 grains now, less than half of what it was. Keep up the great work!

I had a surprise when my DENTIST mentioned my weight loss a few years back - he said that it's much more difficult to place anesthetic shots inside the mouth on overweight folks. Of all things! He explained that even gums can be more fleshy, making it difficult to identify the tiny gaps in the jawbones that they need to hit with the anesthetic. It was very odd to get complimented on having a thinner mouth ... :D

04-17-2012, 12:40 PM
I hope your blood work turns out well!

Wow, I never thought about that but it makes perfect sense. I have major problem with seeing blood and getting poked so what a great side benefit that I never knew about! :D

04-17-2012, 12:59 PM
Were you exercising too? That, I think, is the biggest difference.

I wasn't actively going to the gym but I was a lot more active in school activites and gym class etc. (i was in high school) but it may not have been enough. ill be sure to keep working out to avoid multiple stabs when getting an IV/blood tests! lol

04-17-2012, 01:16 PM
That's great! I never thought about that before.. although all my life I've had problems with my veins. They always collapse when they try to take blood.. even when I wasn't overweight really. So not sure if it's related. Luckily I don't mind it as I used to have to get weekly blood tests! Thankfully those days are behind me.

Fingers crossed for you! :)

04-17-2012, 01:19 PM
Congrats! That must have been a much nicer experience!

I remember when I was in the hospital a few years back and they couldn't find a vein in my arm to put the IV. The veins in my hands have always been easy to see, so they used that. Hurt the entire freaking time. Luckily I was only there a matter of hours otherwise I would have ripped it out.

I noticed I can see the veins in my arms now. Hopefully if I ever have to get any bloodwork done they won't have to resort to using my hands!!

04-17-2012, 01:22 PM
Nice to have one more benefit! Although, for me, the downside is that my varicose veins will become as obvious as lightning bolts down my legs! I'll just have to focus on the benefit of a "skinny mouth" like ICUwishing. :)

04-17-2012, 02:28 PM
That's great Melissa!!

and how interesting about the dentist's comment. More reasons to keep on keepin' on :)

Years ago I donated blood regularly. This was when I was probably this weight (low-ish 140's) and did alot of weight bearing exercising. The technician complimented my on my 'big beautiful veins' in the arm and said my arms looked like a truck driver's :rofl: ???? :devil: I took it as comp :devil:

04-17-2012, 04:01 PM
Hope your blood test results are fine.
Losing weight has multiple benefits besides looking good. For instance, I find it has improved my relationship with my boyfriend, I feel more confident now, I tend to laugh more and be more relaxed.