Oh, the idea of letting someone use me for practice would have me running for cover (literally). But working in healthcare, did you find anything that helped your patients, or were none of them quite as scared of needles as I am?
I totally understand the embarrassing feeling. Usually I can keep myself from passing out because I know better than to try to stand up, but I passed out mosty because they tried to move me to a differet room for the blood work; I passed out in the hallway. The last thing I remember is focusing on the doorknob of the exam room coming closer and thinking “almost there, I can make it.” I may have to try the water thing. I’m always afraid of getting anything on my stomach because I dry heave even if I haven’t eaten, but maybe if I do it during it can help keep me from gagging.
Luckily I don’t usually get embarrassed telling someone about my phobia, but I do get a little embarrassed if I pass out or dry heave or something. But I think a lot of doctors are shocked at the extent of my response because a lot of people who say “I’m afraid of needles,” can look away and generally be ok.
I may have to ask about Ativan instead of Xanax. Maybe that will help, or maybe a higher dose of Xanax. The Xanax helped some the time I took it; I still had a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach, but it wasn’t an all-out panic attack. I felt light-headed after, but I’m not sure a pill could help that reaction. And I always have someone with me; last time it was my SO. I’m not ashamed to say I had to have my Daddy hold my hand when I got my TB test for college lol.
I would have killed my SO if he videotaped it. But I don’t cry, I dry heave, sometimes even when they’re sticking the needle in me. Last time he came with me to hold my hand. I think the nurses were surprised at how bad I responded lol. I think most doctors have never dealt with a true trypanophobe because most of us avoid doctors like the plague.
I wasn’t this bad as a little kid- I just always threw up after the fact lol. And cried, but I grew out of that. If I ever have the option, I always go for a pill or ANYTHING besides needles.
I was reasonably ok after taking the Valium up until we got to the room and she started looking for a vein (she hadn’t even stuck me yet!); then I started dry heaving like crazy, shaking, got pale, and generally was on the verge of a panic attack.
I have to schedule blood work or shots ahead of time; they can’t be popped up on me. And I have to have someone drive me because I’m in too much of a state to drive myself, especially afterwards (passing out tends to happen after the fact from plummeting blood pressure). When I had to get my TB test (requirement for all freshmen), I had to have my dad come hold my hand. I took a Xanax before so I wasn’t too bad, just a sinking feeling in my stomach, but afterwards I felt really lightheaded and had to sit down.