Of blood and needles

Drawing Blood - Some people are very scared of needles or even faint when they see blood.
@stvasile (7317)
Romania
November 3, 2007 5:53pm CST
Are you afraid of needles or seeing blood? They took some blood from me for testing recently and I was terrified, because it was the first time I did it. I felt kinda lame after it was all done. I mean, I couldn't even look and I practically didn't feel a thing when the nurse put in the needle. I don't faint when I see blood or anything but I guess I was more afraid of the unknown than the procedure itself.
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@suehan1 (4355)
• Australia
4 Nov 07
i take blood for a living and let me tell you that everyone is nervous at having this procedure done,so do not feel silly as it is so common.it is a fear of something foreign entering your body,and you can feel strange and faint at times.maybe its subconcious.anyway do not feel it is only you that is afraid and nervous,everyone goes through that even me.
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@stvasile (7317)
• Romania
4 Nov 07
How did you feel the first time you had to take blood from someone? Weren't you afraid you could hurt him or something?
@suehan1 (4355)
• Australia
5 Nov 07
the first time i took blood from some one i was very nervous,and you know that as gentle as you can be it is going to hurt someone.nowadays people say i did not feel that or they say it hurts.in my experience the more the person is tense that you are taking blood from ,the more they say it hurts.i now do bloods from the hospital,corony care and intensive care.i still get nervous about bruising and hurting anyone. cheers sue
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@pinay81 (1538)
• Philippines
4 Nov 07
yeap im so afraid and i dont look at it while the nurse inserting the needle in my skin and pulled out w/ a blood inside i tried to look somewhere else than to look what the nurse or dr do to me:-)
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@stvasile (7317)
• Romania
4 Nov 07
Same here...
4 Nov 07
I absolutely hate needles and blood, so you can imagine what I was like when I had to give blod last week for tests... It makes me feel weak, faint and sick. Even writing about it now I feel light-headed. I remember when I first saw a nurse to take some blood. I lay on the bed and as soon as I saw the needle i felt faint! The time after that I passed out in the doctors waiting room, how embarrassing!
@stvasile (7317)
• Romania
4 Nov 07
It must be really tough for you to give blood for testing... Passing out is something we should take seriously... Were you alone, or it was someone else with you? In such cases I think it's better to go give blood with someone you know... (Look at me giving advices to others on needle fear... I wasn't so courageous when they draw the blood... :D)
@izathewzia (5142)
• Philippines
4 Nov 07
I feel nervous everytime I will be injected. I just don't look at the procedures. But I don't feel weak. It is just that my heartbeat becomes faster. But afterwards, I feel okay.
@stvasile (7317)
• Romania
4 Nov 07
Yeah, I know what it's like... After the hard part is over we all feel like "What? That? Ah, it was nothing!" :)
• United States
4 Nov 07
I am not afraid of needles or blood. I donate blood anytime that I can.
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@stvasile (7317)
• Romania
4 Nov 07
That's good, thanks for responding!
@poohgal (6848)
• Singapore
4 Nov 07
Hello there. It's very common to fear needles. I used to have a fear of needles too but have since overcome it. Actually, I realized one thing. The more fearful you are, the more tensed up you are. When it comes to injections, we should not be tensed up. If we are too tensed up, we tend to flex our muscles making it more difficult for the needles to go into our vessels and this will also prolong the process. I donate blood regularly and the tubes used for blood donation are thicker than the normal injection needles. There's really nothing to be afraid of and I'm sure you can overcome =D
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@stvasile (7317)
• Romania
4 Nov 07
I'm sure that after a few times I won't have a problem anymore... But that doesn't keep me from wishing not having no do it again :D
@mamasan34 (6521)
• United States
4 Nov 07
I have never really had a problem with needles or the sight of blood. Getting shots and getting blood taken from me is not a big deal, but I can understand how people could be afraid of the whole process. It's kind of scary seeing the lady getting everything ready and all that, but I just don't let it bother me, it's usually over pretty quickly and I am on my way.
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@stvasile (7317)
• Romania
4 Nov 07
It's true that it only takes a minute and it doesn't hurt, but the fact is I don't have a history with needles. The last time I took a shot was over 15 years ago...
@academic2 (7010)
• Uganda
22 Nov 07
Needles are very scarry, it used to make me black out as a child, infact my son just begins a fight with nurses at the sight of a needle even when he is very sick looking. Apart from the pain it inflicts, needles if not well administered leads to a disability. My brother's son is literally lame because he was injected at a bad point. Today at my age, I manage needles by simply turning my eyes away, that makes it less scarry
@lols189 (4797)
7 Nov 07
i am not scared of blood or needles but i dont like getting needles as the pain it gives me when it is going in
@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
6 Nov 07
This is the work that I am trained to do. The technical name is a phlebotomist or a venapuncturist. But Pathology Specimen Collector works as well. It's best to try not to be scared. Just relax and it will be fine. Always make sure you drink plenty of water prior to a procedure...unless your doctor says not to. It's much easier for the collector if your body is hydrated. Your veins stand up better.
@laurika (4536)
• United States
4 Nov 07
I am not really scared, but my hubby is.He was just this week and he was tellimg me all the story, i was laughing so hard.So he went to the doctor office and she was taking the blood for him and he tell her she better quit, beucase he would pass out.So she tell him to sit and started to funn with a newspaper.And my hubby tell me, it was so good so he was keeping telling her he still fell pretty week, beucase he wanted have more fun. It was so funny when he was all describing it to me.
@FREEGUY (20)
• Iraq
4 Nov 07
hi i afriad
@shakeroo (3990)
• Malaysia
4 Nov 07
I have no problem with needles except for the big fat ones.. LOL! I can stand the sight of blood as long as I do not get to smell it. The smell would make me vomit.
@Cocoa33 (921)
• United States
4 Nov 07
no i am not afraid of blood and needles. I am used to it. i have been stuck in the arm once too many times in this lifetime when i visit the doctor to get blood work done. i know some would rather run a marathon,than to get a needle stuck in them by a doctor
• United States
4 Nov 07
Nope. Needles arnt pleasent but I dont mind them and blood dosent bother me. I have had alot of blood draw when I was pregnant. They want to know everything. I also get a birth control shot and I have gotten to where I dont even notice anymore when they stick me. My husband is very squemish around blood. He once sliced his finger open at work and passed out from the sight of the blood. His coworkers had to carry him to the car and take him the the hostpital. He got 6 stitches in his finger.
• China
3 Nov 07
of course i am not. you see, it is a normal and very easy procedure, and most nurse are adept doing that. so, there is nothing to worry about. i was a medical student, when i was a intern, i saw blood and needles everyday. and i have done such similar procedures without fear.
@talisman (1308)
• United States
3 Nov 07
I don't feel sick or faint at the sight of blood, this has never been the case for me. However, I HATE needles, especially when it comes to getting my blood drawn. However, I still donate blood and get any blood tests that are required of me. I prefer donating because if I have to have my blood drawn, at least I'm able to help someone by doing it.
@ersmommy1 (12600)
• United States
3 Nov 07
Not me, but my brother certainly is, he has fainted and nearly puked from the sight of blood. I sure feel sorry for him sometimes. It's so bad, my mother or sister in law always have to take my nephew to the doctor. Just in case