It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service; so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. – Ephesians 4:11-13

Since my surgery back in July, my health has not been the greatest. Because I was basically on bed rest for two months, I gained about 10 pounds. It was significant enough to affect my A1c and my blood pressure. My A1c is clear up to 8.4 now. You can’t convince me that exercise does not play a vital role in blood glucose levels. There is no way to separate the two – you can not keep that number in check without daily exercise.

I had more lab work done today. Sometimes I give the lab techs fits because my veins are so tiny. They don’t always hit the right spot and have to (heaven forbid) “fish” or “dig” around once the needle is in my arm. Today was one of the worst experiences I’ve had since I’ve gone to this doctor’s office. The tech tried to draw blood from FOUR different sites before throwing up her hands and declaring that she could not get it. She wrote up an order and sent me to LabCorp to get the blood drawn.

This was a fasting blood draw and by the time I got to LabCorp I had not only not had breakfast, I had not even had a cup of coffee! I don’t remember driving the car around this morning. Should drivers in Wichita be afraid??? Yes, be afraid…

In an attempt to keep what little sense of humor I had left intact, I announced to the receptionist that I needed to visit the head vampire to have blood drawn. She seemed amused. I’m sure they haven’t heard that one before (yeah, right). Hey, what do you want from me when I’m coffee-less – wit???

There are some people who really enjoy their work – and the head vampire enjoyed her job a little too much! She grinned from ear to ear when I explained my less than productive visit with the lab techs at my doctor’s office. She said, “I don’t guarantee that I’ll get blood on the first try either.” I swallowed hard and looked her straight in the eyes and said, “But you’ll sure try, right?” She laughed and said, “Yep – I sure will.” Well, what more could I ask?

Honestly – I didn’t feel a thing. She said “poke” – but it was not bad at all. Isn’t it amazing what can happen when the needle is placed in the right hands? I told her, “You know, everyone at my doctor’s office told me you are gifted at drawing blood – and I believe you really are!”

To some He gives a gift for preaching or teaching. To some He gives a gift for drawing blood from people with tiny veins. I’m sure glad He gives those gifts, aren’t you? ❤