Half-Arsed Haiku – Tue 10 February 2015

(c) Florie Salnot

(c) Florie Salnot

On Trying to Get Blood From a Stone

bleed for me i beg
but you hold back, touch a nerve
all is still in vein


I failed my pre-chemo blood test today… crap veins. I am the proverbial stone. Luckily my GP only tried a couple of times before he admitted defeat. I still bled a little … should have decorated my plasters like those above by artist Florie Salnot. They are part of an art project of hers “I Don’t Like Jabs” – neither do I, and neither do my veins obviously. Oh to have big juicy fat veins… the holy grail for all cancer patients and nurses alike!



  1. jazzytower · February 12, 2015

    Walk with a warm pack next time. Those babies might just plump right up.

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  2. Hamish 'Managua' Gunn · February 12, 2015

    A great haiku and post came out of it though. Do better next time. All the best.


  3. Jen · February 12, 2015

    Ugh. Been there. Used to have GREAT veins — a phlebotomist’s dream! — before cancer. It’s frustrating and just one more thing you really don’t need to go through.

    A wonderful thing that your haiku has a tinge of humor to it though — embrace that, okay? I will be thinking of you and sending positive thoughts for healing and comfort.

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  4. Chèvrefeuille · February 12, 2015

    This is a wonderful humorous response on our prompt for today. I know what you are talking about. Cancer is very destructive for your veins and I can know, I am an oncology nurse. And what a nice way to use the plasters to make art …. I will send my love and prayers to you for your healing …


  5. girl friday · February 12, 2015

    I so know…
    Took a picture of my arm after three nurses had a go. Unbelievable.
    But keeping warm, very warm beforehand is good advice, and of course, don’t forget to drink an hour before as well.Not coffee.
    Great lines.

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    • girl friday · February 12, 2015

      BTW, ask for a nurse next time: GPs and doctors are crap at taking blood on the whole.

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  6. readinpleasure · February 12, 2015

    So moving. Wishing you all the best.


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