Title: A bad day at the phlebotomist’s’
Image Copyright: Chris Bunn, October 2020
Image Description: On a black background we see a pair of male adult arms, the right hand holding onto the left arm, the man is wearing a wedding ring on the left hand, and several plasters covering the arms. A pair of toddler’s hands hold on to the left thumb, and another child’s hand rests next to the left hand.
A bad day at the phlebotomist’s’ – I have been living with multiple auto-immune conditions for nearly 15 years now and have to give regular blood samples to keep an eye on them. On this day, my body did not play ball and the medics struggled to get blood from me. It took 8 attempts before they succeeded. When I got home my children noticed the plasters on my arms and wanted to examine them. For me, this image offers a glimpse of the inter-generational nature of chronic illness.