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Son passed out when blood was drawn for labs

Discussion in 'Parents of Children with Type 1' started by Mrs Puff, Mar 17, 2012.

  1. Mrs Puff

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    Has this happened to anyone else? Ds has no problem checking his blood. Yesterday, however he had to have his labs done. This was the first time since diagnosis. He was concerned a couple days before about having blood drawn from the vein and put in a tube. I just kept telling him not to look while it was being done. Well, I was somewhat occupied with something else when the lady called him back to sit in the chair. By the time I got in the room she was done filling the vial and putting on a bandage. Then he started stiffening up and he briefly passed out. When he came to, he wanted to lay on the floor because he thought he was going to vomit. He was all sweaty. After a few minutes we made it to the car. Has anyone else experienced this with their child? Any coping techniques?
     
  2. Kaylas mom

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    Kayla did this once too. Scared me to death because it looked like one of her seizures. The dr kept her for a while and then said she was okay to go home.
     
  3. Caldercup

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    It's possible he has something called vasovagal syncope: "occurs when your body overreacts to triggers, such as the sight of blood or extreme emotional distress. The trigger results in vasovagal syncope - a brief loss of consciousness caused by a sudden drop in your heart rate and blood pressure, which reduces blood flow to your brain."

    My husband has this, and became very lightheaded every time he had blood drawn. Two years ago, he actually passed out, fell out of the chair and smacked his head against the opposite wall. They ended up sending him to the E/R to check him out for a neck and head injury.

    We now ask that he have the blood drawn while he's lying down and that minimizes any of the symptoms.
     
  4. manda81

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    Yes, our son does it almost every time, and even once when his brother was getting his labs done.

    Our doctor always keeps him a few mins after any vaccines or draws now. Totally scared me the first couple of times, but now it's just a thing we know to watch for. They have told us it is normal, just a subconscious reaction some people have.
     
  5. cm4kelly

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    no - but three nuses held him down!

    Of course my son was only 4, but when his yearly labs came up it was awful. They even did numbing cream and made us wait for 45 minutes, but it took three nurses to hold him down, and I am sure you could hear him screaming across the street!

    When my husband gets an IV he starts to hyperventilate and almost pass out. So it is probably more common that you think.
     
  6. Mrs Puff

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    Dang! Like father, like son! Seven years ago my dh was under a tremendous amount of stress at his job, and one day one of his co-workers took him to the ER because he was having chest pains. They went to draw dh's blood and he passed out. His heart actually stopped beating for about 18 seconds. They couldn't figure out why so the sent him to a bigger hospital where they ruled out any heart condition, and diagnosed him with vasovagal syncope! They just told him to make sure he had a little extra salt in his diet and I never really thought any more about it. Fast forward several years to when our dd had to have blood drawn and my dh started to faint. He said it was due to hunger and the room being hot. OK. Happened again when ds was in hospital in DKA. It has become a running joke in our family that dad can't handle blood being drawn. Thank you, Caldercup for helping me connect the dots!!! In the future I will have ds and dh lie down if blood is being drawn.
     
  7. hrtmom3

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    This happened to Tim twice. Actually the new endo office got a good laugh for our first visit as I had the glucagon out in like 2 seconds. Anyways, the first time his eyes started rolling back, they treated with juice and he was fine. I'm thinking that one was from a low bs. The next time was in the lab, he just plain ole passed out and they used smelling salts. Getting blood drawn never bothered Tim though. He is a tough one to find veins too. He now always makes sure he drink more than enough water the night before and prior to his lab draw and he has not had a problem since with passing out. Could be just a coincidence though, not really sure.
     
  8. Tigerlilly's mom

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    My son has almost passed out on 3 occasions with blood draws....we now use emla cream beforehand and have him lay down during the blood draw....I also make sure they don't let him see all the filled vials of blood after it's drawn. ( at one point it was enough for the Child Life Specialist to come in and distract him with an I-spy type book, but now that he is older, he prefers to just lay down)

    It's only the blood draws that require more than one vial of blood, so at least it's not often that he has this done
     
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    My younger son almost passed out once. As we were walking out of the lobby at Emory he had to sit down. Some there got a wheel chair and wheeled him back in. THey had juice boxes there. The guy that drew the blood said that drawing blood can cause the blood sugar to drop some. Not sure if that is true. He was a little low (below 70) when I checked)


    We also use emla cream for blood draws for him. Not sure if I did it that time.
     
  10. sisterbeth43

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    My son-in-law does not have diabetes, but always passes when he has blood drawn.
     
  11. mom2Hanna

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    I have this response to twisting or bumping my ankle. It's happened 2 or 3 times, the first time I did pass out after dropping a bookshelf on my ankle, it was brief and my family didn't even notice I had passed out. The next 2 times i had twisted my ankle and was able to not pass out but couldn't move for several minutes while I fought it. Those were out in public and I just didn't want the attention, once was at my sons jr prom preparty and I didn't know most of the parents! So I got to a chair and breathed thru it. Because I know it happens, I can manage it. But I don't know what it is about my ankles that triggers it.
     
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    I always used to get very woozy when I had blood drawn...once, in a daze after getting blood drawn as a teenager, I walked away from my mom and out the hospital door and right into an ambulance unloading zone while an ambulance was speeding in!:eek: Mom grabbed me just in time! I had no idea what I was doing. After that, I always laid down when getting blood drawn. After having and taking care of kids, though, nothing much fazes me!;)
     

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