Thursday, May 6, 2010

bloody week

jana was sick to the core yesterday at the prospect of having a pin prick her for complete blood count that she could not muster enough resources to produce a few ml for the urinalysis we were also required to do.

we spent 30 minutes in the hot, humid and crowded sia laboratory behind oro wonder drug near puericulture waiting for our turn as well as waiting for jana's bladder to cooperate. she used the time futilely, explaining to us how she wasn't sick any more, how she will never have a major allergic attack again because she will never ever eat tuna fish, egg, hotdog, chocolate, how her temperature at the neck is "cold" already, and so is the forehead, just please, let us not have blood test.

but her parents' hearts, they are not gold but diamond: cold and unpenetrable.

blood extraction she must have.

and it wasn't as if they needed to get a test-tube full (like what they did in WMMC lab before). they just needed enough to smear four slides and fill up a capillary tube. the CBC required only three slides and you can blame me for the fourth. i added blood typing to the list of tests at the last minute. i figured, best to do it now than have to convene congress again to pass a law requiring her to return to the lab in the future for yet another extraction.

when we returned an hour later to get the result, she was in a better mood.

jana: what's my blood type, mama?

mama: "O".

jana: ha? di ba last time it was "R"?

two weekends ago when she asked, i did tell her her blood type was "R". for Red. i had to shush her to make sure the lab tech didn't catch that but by the time that i did, she was already looking at us funny.

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