Recently I had blood tests. Drawing my blood is almost always a problem. I wonder if this is a common phenomenon with pwME. After several tries, a lab technician may be able to get enough of a sample for testing. If I've had to wait quite some time, all the while sitting upright, my heart may be hammering, and I feel faint. Not ideal, as my blood has most likely collected in my legs, and my heart is struggling to re-circulate it. I try the tricks - lots of water before the test, heat on the targeted spot for the blood draw, and of course the lab tech does the usual tourniquet etc. to bring up a vein. Before ME, blood draws were uneventful. Now, it usually involves several tries, and lots of bruises. Sometimes I need to revisit the lab to complete the sampling. For several years now, we have resorted to using my hands for these draws. But my veins still collapse, and wiggle away. Blood when it does come is slow, and stingy, sometimes meaning the draw is ruined, and then rejected. My theory is that the circulatory problems with ME effect the ability to draw blood. This seems to make sense. What do you think? Nurses, lab techs and doctors all have trouble getting blood out of me. Just call me "Stone"!