I have to go every three months to get Depakote and liver function blood draws done (Depakote is hard on the liver and I take a large dose of the stuff). It's no big deal. My only hangup is I have to watch the actual draw. The 'work areas' are seperated by sliding curtains. In the next area over was a little girl of maybe 6-7 years. She was obviously ill--wearing a face mask and coughing and wheezing. No biggie. I figure that anytime I have to go into a hospital I'm exposed to something. Anyway, the poor child was petrified and she was struggling. There were FOUR techs in there with her trying to talk her down so she'd sit for the draw. They were doing a pretty good job of it. Except...her idiot mom was screaming at her to quit being a baby or she'd be grounded. She kept telling the poor kid that it "wouldn't hurt". That's a crock. Blood draws DO hurt. If it's a "good stick" the pain is only momentary, but it is still there. 'My' tech was so flustered that she was getting side-tracked by the activity next door. I asked if there was any way the little girl could watch ME getting my blood drawn and see that it wasn't something to be terrified of. Unfortunately, procedure and HIPPA do not allow that. The techs even told mom that she could ask her pediatrician for a small dose of tranquilizer, and some local anesthetic ointment to make things easier in the future. Her response? "That stuff costs a fortune!" I don't understand the dishonesty (which just feeds into the lack of trust--how could mom allow me to be hurt?), and I really don't understand the refusal to use resources that make the whole procedure easier. I had to have a LOT of blood draws as a small child. Bribes sure didn't hurt. We didn't go to McDonalds due to being a Kosher house. Our bribe was going to a local ice-cream parlor that we found fascinating as the scoops were served as cubes. I don't quite know what to think, but the whole thing just seemed very wrong to me.