(Closed) Dreading having my blood drawn

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I need blood drawn at least once a year. I panic and don’t look!  I think if I looked I’d faint.

Just go at least when it will be over you won’t have to worry about it anymore.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Me! I hate them so very much.  I always make sure my stomach is full but also don’t drink too much water, just enough to stay hydrated.  I tell the nurse I have to lay down and I don’t watch.  I still get faint and I still complain but it does help a little.  Just make sure you’re as comfortable as you possibly can be and try to think of something else while it’s going on. 

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

Ask them if they can use a butterfly needle. They are mainly used in children so they are smaller, and won’t hurt as much. Also, don’t look at what they are doing, look somewhere else and take slow breaths while they are taking the blood

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I am not over it but I handle it much better- I know it has to be done and a couple of years ago I needed a lot of blood work done.  So doing it over and over again actually helped.

I never watch what they are doing- I sometimes stop breathing (I don’t notice but they always tell me to breathe when I stop) so try to remember to breathe. And once it is over it’s over! 

Also if you need someone there with you to hold your hand then bring them!  There’s no shame in being afraid of needles.  It wasn’t until rather recently that I stopped having my mom come back with me.

When I was younger I use to kick and scream- I’m sure the doctors loved me. 

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

Wear an I-pod and close your eyes. Ask them just to tell you  when its over lol

Ive only done it once and the lady was like why are you crying? I haven’t even touched you yet…LOL

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper

I have an extreme phobia of needles. I’ve never gotten over it. I cry a lot, pass out sometimes and usually end up throwing up at some point. My doctor has prescribed me both blood pressure lowering medication and more powerful drugs to calm me down. I usually end up needing a ride both to and from the doctor’s office. I guess my suggestion would be to get your doctor to drug you? Haha, I’m no help…

@accorn: I kicked a nurse an hid under a table once. I was probably four or so. It took two nurses and my mom to hold me down for shots. They were prepared for me after that.

@MrsSl82be: Oh, but it makes it take so much longer… I never opt for them.

Post # 8
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1987 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@Aure:Haha, I remember I kicked my doctor once and ran away- the same doctor later did surgery on me and put me to sleep before putting the IV in.  He wasn’t going to deal with that again.

Also one time I needed a wart frozen off (I know- gross) and decided to not numb it because that meant a shot.  The doctor thought I was crazy and was sure that after he started I would change my mind so he stopped right after he started it- I didn’t change my mind. 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee

My mom used to tell us we were going to Chucky Cheese and then she’d pull into the Dr.’s office! Witch.

I second using the butterfly needle. Although it takes longer to get the amount of blood they want. Also, try asking if they can prick your finger. Last time I got out of it by having them do that instead. While it sucked, it was instant. And yeah, don’t watch. And try having a conversation with somebody. It’ll take your mind off of it..a little?

Post # 10
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5668 posts
Bee Keeper

@accorn: I don’t get novocaine at the dentist… I had a cavity filled without it. Both the dentist and my mother thought I was batshit crazy! One of the times I fell off a horse they thought I’d broken my back so I was backboarded in the ambulance. They tried to give my an IV and I kept twisting my arm around in the straps screaming no at them… eventually they were able to get it in, but I’m pretty sure they thought I’d boarded the crazy train.

Poor OP, I’m really of no help whatsoever…

Post # 11
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7293 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

@AnneTossy: lol  @ your mom! That is very creative and evil πŸ˜‰

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I donate blood on a regular basis.  I usually close my eyes and don’t watch anything they are doing.  They let me know when they are ready to stick me but I keep my eyes closed.  I also tell them beforehand that the tube can’t touch my forearm because the feel of the warmth of the blood in the tube makes my stomach turn.  They usually put a paper towel or something between my skin and the tube.  Whatever you need to make you more comfortable, they are usually more than willing to do.  I agree with bringing an iPod.  Just try and relax – easier said than done I know!

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Just make sure to to take slow deep breaths. If you get nervous you can clamp down and constrict your vessels, making it harder.  Good luck!

Post # 15
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7431 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

@Aure: Its not too much of a difference, but then, I’m a slow bleeder anyway. The bigger needles blow through my veins and bruise me horribly, so I’ll deal with the few extra seconds it takes for the blood to flow so I’m not covered in bruises later!!

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