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Avoiding the sight of blood — 5 Comments

  1. Ah – but it might not be the blood that’s your trigger. It could be the whole medical set up – the smell, the corridors, the hospitals, the procedure, the palaver. Gets me nauseous in a way that bumps, bashes, blood and breaks don’t seem to.

  2. It is the anticipation that does it. I never look at a needle going in, no matter what difficulty they have finding a vein. Bring a hot water bottle with you and put it near your puncture point or let your arms hang down to make the veins expand and rise.

  3. It sounds as though it’s actually easier to be a man. Being a rodent costs you much mental effort and anxiety:-)

    I consider myself tough about blood and needles, but I certainly don’t look when they’re going in. I also had to give up giving blood because I fainted every time – not when the needle went in but afterwards, when I was equipped with hot tea to spill everywhere. I don’t think i’m eligible to give blood here anyway because of the BSE thing.

  4. It is thinking that does it. I’ve visited people in ICU lots of times with tubes and wires everywhere. I’m fine till I pause to consider where I am, then I have to discreetly find a chair. I could never have been a hospital chaplain.

    Thoughts of being a mouse prompted the old question of whether one prefers to be a happy pig or a miserable Plato.

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