March 25, 2003

Faint of Heart

I confess. I'm a weenie when it comes to parting with my blood. I can watch surgeries and debride burns myself -- no problems. But let that needle start pulling out my own vital humour, and there goes the neighborhood: ears ring, everything goes white.

They only took about 15cc's today to test for rheumatoid arthritis. Might as well have stuck me like a pig at butchering time. When it was done, seeing as how I was not able to stand up and walk away, I hung my head between my knees, got a little better and sat back up for a few seconds, then right back down, repeating this maneuver four of five times, without being able to shake the feeling of being disappeared.... you know the feeling. Technically speaking, what I had experienced was vasovagal syncope, which sounds a lot more serious than "fainting". How embaraskin'.

Then I remembered this Readers Digest tip I posted a few weeks back. Well friggity frog... it works! Did it once, and walked right outta there.

Posted by fred1st at March 25, 2003 05:33 PM | TrackBack
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You have my sympathy Fred, I know how you feel, I have a totally irrational fear of needles and the thought of giving blood totally freaks me out. In school I wanted to be a medical technologist until we got to the practicing on each other part. That's when I changed my major to chemistry.

Posted by: Liska at March 25, 2003 06:28 PM

I excel at having blood taken! However, the phlebotomists rarely appreciate my tips on improving their technique.

Posted by: Da Goddess at March 26, 2003 02:15 AM

I HAVE AN IRRATIONAL FEAR OF NEEDLES. IT IS SO BAD, I CAN'T EVEN BE IN THE SAME ROOM AS ONE. I AM PREGNANT AND HAVE TO GET BLOOD WORK DONE. I AM ALREADY 7 MONTHS PREGNANT. I HAVE GET THIS DONE BUT CAN'T PHYSICALLY BRING MYSELF TO DO IT. NOONE WHO I TALK TO, FRIENDS OR FAMILY, UNDERSTANDS. THEY THINK THAT I'M JUST BEING A BABY. I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO. I ACTUALLY WENT INTO THE CLINIC THE OTHER DAY BUT RAN OUT CRYING. I'M 25 YEARS OLD. DO YOU BELIEVE THIS? DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY ADVICE TO HELP ME OVERCOME THIS FEAR, QUICKLY?

Posted by: sharon at October 14, 2004 02:19 PM

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