Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Question Of The Day


About two weeks ago, I went for a routine blood test and was asked this question, which I've been asked many times throughout my life.

"No" I answered. "They don't bother me at all." And they really don't. I can watch the needle being stuck into me and even watch as they draw blood. What I can't do is watch when it's being done to someone else!

What about you? Are you afraid of needles?


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  1. Don't fear needles, but don't like being poked either.

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  2. I'm not afraid of needles. I'm like you, I can watch what they are doing and it doesn't phase me. I never liked when the kids were young and they had to get shots, but I told them they couldn't carry on like some kids will with crying, etc. I told them yes it would hurt and yes you could say "ouch" but it will be over with pretty much sooner than later. Since I type medical reports for a living, I ponder sometimes how doctors can do what they do, cutting people open, removing that, replacing this, etc.

    betty

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    1. I don't know either how doctors do all that. I couldn't handle it. And like you, I prepared my kids for their vaccinations. I would tell them a few days or even a couple of weeks before their visit to the doctor about their upcoming shots and explain that 'yes, it will probably sting or even hurt a little, but it would be very quick and then it would be over'. I didn't like the idea of keeping it a secret and then shocking them at the visit. This would create two fears: the needles and the doctor!

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  3. Nope. Needles are one of the few things I'm not afraid of.

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  4. Nah I'm not scared of needles, but I'm scared of dental drills and surgeon's knives.

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    1. The sound alone of the dental drill is a little unnerving!

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  5. I am not afraid of needles but I do look away from actually watching the process. I routinely give blood to the blood bank and don't dread being poked.

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    1. Oh, good for you, Cheryl! It's been so long since I've given blood.

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  6. I'm not afraid but generally never look!

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  7. I'm a jumpy sonovabitch when I get blood drawn or an IV inserted and never watch as they do it. I had a bad experience once with a blood bank doctor whose nickname was "the butcher." I've had needle PTSD ever since.

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    1. Sounds awful. That would certainly cause stress!

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  8. Not afraid of needles, but I don't watch the procedure. I AM afraid of other scary invasive tests, though. (Those for which you are not sedated). -Jenn

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  9. No. I'm okay as long as I don't watch. But my hubby is deathly afraid of them, and nearly passes out every time he has to get blood drawn.

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    1. A lot of people are that way, like your hubby. Just the sight of blood makes some queasy.

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  10. Needles don't bother me. I like to watch when my blood is drawn. I always compliment a good phlebotomist.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. I like that you do that! It's not the easiest job. Imagine having to do that with people who are deathly afraid of the procedure!

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  11. I can't watch when the needle goes in but I can watch the blood being drawn. I get the Flu shot every year (a mandatory job requirement) and have no problems.

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    1. You certainly get your fair share; enough to get used to needles!

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  12. I'm usually okay if I don't look at it. My dog hates them. I'm guessing it's why I have to drag her in whining when we got to the vet.

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    1. Poor thing! When they go to the vet, it's like a torture chamber for them.

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  13. I'm not afraid of needles . but technology has changed immensely. The needles to day are incredibly small and also very sharp. In the old days needles had to have a large diameter and they were dull. You can easily imagine how difficult it was to puncture the skin.

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    1. That is an excellent point! When I was a kid, things were much different. Thank goodness for thinner and sharper needles!

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  14. No, I'm not afraid of needles. I don't like to watch the needle go in though. And I am a bit nervous if I'm getting an IV put in--much rather just get a shot!

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    1. Getting an IV in can be pretty intimidating. I guess it all depends on who does it. Some people are great at putting them in and you don't feel a thing. Others...well...not that good! LOL..

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  15. Not at all. But I am scared of dentists, spiders, heights, the dark... the list goes on!

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    1. I think each one of us has our fair share of fears, I'm sure!

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  16. Wait til you get a needle directly in your eye for surgery, under only a local, so you can see it coming! Still, needles don't bother me.

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    1. Well, you got me there! LOL... Getting a needle in the eye like that is NOT fun :)

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  17. I'm not afraid of needles, but I don't the feeling of getting poked!

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    1. I don't blame. It's not the best feeling, Bethany!

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  18. Yes I am. I was horrified of it. But now i have to inject insulin twice daily...
    fortunately the needle i use is very fine.

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    1. Well, thank goodness for these modern, fine needles!

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  19. Yup!!! and have had to endure them anyway...

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  20. Nope. Not afraid of needles, not even the needles used for two injections in my belly each morning and evening while in the hospital last month, some new protocol to prevent blood clots. Take my blood and give me shots just don't make me stand at the edge of something high!

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    1. I can't say I'm fond of heights myself, Toni, so I can certainly relate to that!

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  21. One thing cancer does very quickly is get a person over the fear of needles. But then, after three diabetic pregnancies, I pretty much wasn't afraid of them anymore any way.

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    1. Oh my, Lisa. So true. Medical issues certainly will take care of that.

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  22. I guess it's a sign I should tell my tale since this post is still up.

    I had no fear of needles. At a young age after I had my children, probably late eighties, I had to have surgery. Luckily my husband stayed with me through the night. Nurses kept giving me, what hubby thought were too many shots. He stopped them and would not let them in the room. When the doctor arrived to see me next morning, he asked why. Hubby showed him how many shots I had during the night. The doc said, Oh, my God!" Now when your doc says that it is scary. They were giving me my shots and someone else's too. My Hubby saved my life, I think. I often wonder if the other patient got any shots at all and felt sympathy for them.

    I did not need a shot for anything for a couple of years. Went to doc. She said, I will give you a shot. I backed into the corner screaming, NO SHOTS! Had no idea it had affected me that way. I had visions of people in white and needles...that is all I remembered.

    I had to work at it by holding needles, looking at them and curing my fear. I'm okay now with needles.

    Thanks for coming by.

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    1. Oh my gosh, Gail! How awful. I'm so sorry you had to go through that. Thank goodness your husband had the insight to take control of the situation. I'm glad everything turned out well for you, including getting over your fear of needles!

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  23. Usually I am not afraid of needles. I can also watch 'them' do what they do.

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    1. I find that taking a deep breath before the needles is inserted really helps.

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  24. when i got my first period i fell and hit my head to a wall i went insane and then started the journey of needles i was hospitalized for two and a half month lost my science subjects and my name was removed from the register of school as they thought i left the school forever according to docs i was dangerously anemia tic went through treatment for almost two years and needls got inside my arms so mant times but still when i have to yes it scares me

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    1. Oh my god, Baili! That is terrible. I'm so sorry you had to go through all that. That must have been a very tragic time for you. I'm happy things turned out well and that you are now healthy and happy.

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  25. Nope. But then, I haven't seen one in ages, so who knows now but going on the past, nopers.

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    1. That would certainly help. No needles, no need to worry about them!

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  26. No, I'm not too bad ...

    All the best Jan

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    1. That's great, Jan. I hope you have a lovely weekend!

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  27. Don't fear them but don't like them, mainly because you can feel the metal in your veins and it's like putting aluminium in your mouth with mercury fillings, blech.

    I remember when I was 17 and had my bottom wisdom teeth out, the dentist stuck this great big mother of a needle into my mouth and through my jaw and I jumped ten feet. He said, 'oh yeah, sorry, you might feel and electric shock'......mmmmmm....what an a*hole, yeah, effing thanks for telling me.

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    1. That is horrible! Reasons why people can't stand going to the dentist.

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