"I'm going to need to have some labs drawn when possible," I mentioned to the nurse as I was about to leave the patient's home.
"Are you a heart stick?" I heard the nurse, who was of Caribbean descent (and still had an accent), ask the patient.
I stopped at the door.
"What, I don't understand," said the patient.
"Has anyone ever told you that you were a heart stick?" the nurse repeated.
"I don't think I've ever had a heart stick," said the patient.
Finally, I interrupted,"She wants to know if you are a hard stick, h-a-r-d...if it's ever been hard to draw your blood in the past."
"Oh...I don't think so. Thanks for clarifying. I was a little worried there for a moment that I might be sicker than I thought."