“How can I help you today?” she asked.
“I need to get some blood work done,” I responded.
She confirmed my information and the labs that I received from the doctors office and pointed me over towards the waiting are.
“They will be with you shortly,” she said.
I went over to the waiting area and sat down. The chairs weren’t comfortable in the least. They were that cheap synthetic plastic that just make you want to sit on the floor instead, but unless you want to look like a fool, that is not an option. My back rose in protest, but that was something that I was going to have to keep for later.
I sat there thinking, “Why is my doctor making me get blood work done in the middle of a pandemic? This is not exactly safe and surely there are better options that—“
My thought process was interrupted by the door being opened to the lab.
A short young woman came out and said, “David?”
I stood up and raised my arm, indicating that it was me that she was looking for. I reluctantly followed her back to the lab and suppressed the urge to make a vampire joke—telling myself that it would come of in bad taste, literally. The woman motions for me to sit down in a slightly less uncomfortable chair, and I obey.
“Is this the first time you have gotten you labs done?” she asked.
“No, unfortunately not, “I responded.
“Well then you know how this goes.”
She inserted the needle into my arm and I looked away. At the same time I was putting down the uprising of butterflies that had appeared into my stomach. I was not going to let them gain independence all over the lab floor—not again. After a few moments in real time and few hours in figurative, the doctor removed the needle and motioned that I was done.
“Alright, all done!” the woman said.
“Thank you, have a good day,” I responded.
I got up out of the chair and left the lab, executing the last of the rebels as I got up. I shook my head and left the lab. Walking quickly, I was soon out of the hospital as well. I looked up at the sky and thanked God that it was over.
“I hate getting my blood drawn,” I said to myself.