I have had real problems with my veins over the years...I remember one awful day when the nurse tried, then the doctor tried, and it still took five attempts and a lot of wiggling!
They are always trying new things to make your experience easier. My donation on Thursday was a breeze, and my bruise has already gone.
Yeah I don't blame the poor phlebotomists who have to work with me--they'd start out with one, then bring over someone more experienced, then the manager, and then they'd all be stumped and realized it was probably starting to hurt having me sit there for all that time
I only have experience with drawing small amounts of blood using much smaller needles (generally the Red Cross uses 16 gauge I believe, the ones I have experience with are between 20-22 or so) so I can't imagine doing something like that.
But I'll definitely try again once I get sorted, I really didn't mind doing it and I know other people need it, it can't hurt to try at least.