Are you paranoid about or do you have difficulties with having your blood drawn or with IV starts.
These are different things! I can have tubes of blood drawn and it doesn't bother me, but if know that needle thing is still in my hand or arm from an iv, I freak out.
I don't have a problem with either, but I clot quickly, so it can't be a long blood draw.
I have a nice vein that sits in the crouch of my right arm. They never miss!
Blood draw no but IV yes it took them three tries to get my IV in yesterday and it hurt like hell each time :(
The secret is to not look - at all. Never bothers me.
See, I do the opposite. Always look to make sure they aren't knocking you out to abduct you... They're everywhere!
Yes they have to be drawing blood for a few years or they are not touching me.
No worries. But when I get someone who *clearly* doesn't know what thay're doing, I refuse to be their human pin cushion. I have no fear, I also don't have a lot of patience for paying for incompetence w/bruises & pain for days!
I watch w/entire process w/fascination when done well.
I do have to be careful, though. Have low blood pressure & can get light headed if they take a lot. But it has to an awful lot to be any problem.
I get a kick out of kids sometimes. Some throw a total fit, but sometimes once you get started they are totally fascinated with the whole process.
And to pay my penance for all the sticking I do I let newbies practice on me sometimes. I have goo veins to practice on.
Élan-I tell people when they think that I am taking too much blood that I am leaving them enough to grow on. ;)
My granddaughter had injection of dye for a SPECTscan yesterday. She is pathologically terrified of shots. They put numbing cream & bandage over site half hour before. She was all panicky but tech was REALLY good & cream did job. She *watched*!
As he was injecting purple-blue dye, which she loved the color, she says, "Hey! This is kinda FUN!" Dad was stunned & delighted! LOL! She will have another today. Later she said all she felt was no worse than when she sticks herself sewing!
@Smile: that's great. It helps when ppl have sense of humor!
I had a very bad experience with a nurse who couldn't do an IV when I was 8 and about to have major surgery. I'm past needing held down but certainly not over it.
I almost pass out when I give blood samples for testing purposes. I get woozy and I start seeing stars.
As long as it's not arterial blood, I'm fine.
I like to watch the needle slide under the skin and see the blood flow. One of the odder things about me I think.
That is very cool I think.
I agree. I like to watch them do my blood draws and ivs, it's interesting. And compared to health problems involved with me getting those, a needle stick is nothing.
Paranoid about what? No, I don't and have never had any problems with needles or blood.
Last time I did it I full on passed out as soon as the needle went in, so I'm a bit weary of it now.
I'm usually dehydrated so it always takes multiple sticks to draw blood or start an IV.
Hate it too Em
Blood drawing is fine because they're just taking something out of me. Injections are worse because something foreign is going into my bloodstream, which is creepy to me
No problem. Having migraines got me over it, I even self inject for them now.
I used to be but since I've been pregnant I've had blood work drawn at least 5 times and have been stuck with an iv 3 times. I'm okay with it all now. Having an iv in for a few days straight is a bit much.
They have a hard time sticking me & I've had issues in the past where I bled around the needle & they got air in my veins. I used to donate blood, but I've just had too many problems.
I'm not paranoid, but I am hard to stick.
I was a blood donor quarterly until I started traveling to India. Now I am not allowed.
Omg I can't even watch someone else get it done. Yuck! I hate needles!!
IVs in the hand can hurt a lot for some reason, but getting poked in the arm is no big deal.
That's interesting, I've always felt the opposite. Maybe just because I moved my arm more?
Im starting to get dizzy and feel the need to lay down all of a sudden.
I don't have a problem with blood draws. (Had one last week, barely felt it.) I used to let new phlebotomists practice on me - easier than finding someone else willing to do it. I've had a couple difficult IV starts, but most have been OK.
I'm OK with it, but I've learned to get super-hydrated starting the day before, unless there is some fluid restriction for the test, or they'll have trouble finding a comfortable vein.
Hate it. In the hospital two nurses tried for 45 minutes to start an IV. They called the doctor at 2am finally and said if you want it started, you come in and do it.
I hate needles!!!!!!
No problems here.
I am lucky to have great veins for blood draws.
I tend to pass out. I have to lay down, pick a spot on the wall, zone out, and focus on deep breathing.
I use to be terrified, but I turned 5 and it didn't bother me anymore
I don't know if other places do or not, but we have an unwritten rule of 2 sticks and you are out. In other words you try twice and if you don't get it you find someone else to try. I only bend the rule if there is no one else that I think can help.
That was exactly the general rule we had at the hospital where I worked in the 1970s & 1980s. If I couldn't get it after 2 sticks, chances were good I wouldn't after 3 or more either.
You know my story…
That's why I made a question out of it. Thanks MJ.
No prob :)
Not anymore. After numerous standings, one of the corpsman at boot camp found it, the vein that isn't small and deep and rolls. My blood still is slow out, but I know the magic spot.
It may be a sick pleasure on my part, but the favorite part of my work day is doing morning lab draws at 0400. We get the bloods and I get the labs cranked out and then I get to go home for the day.
Yes. And, because the universe is just a bitch, I need IV medication twice a week.
Yeah. I remember talking about that with you. Hang in there.
I actually started self-administering the medication now! It's so much less nerve-wracking when you have control over the needle going in.
That's great user.
Been a human pincushion too many times to care anymore.
I can handle blood, just look away but, after my extended hospital vacation, veins BAd
I hate it. IV''s should be a federal offense. I had one on top of my hand in November and it hurt. I only use butterfly needles for blood tests. . I often pass out.
Well, you make a good point about IVs in the hand. I haven't had one of those since I was child, but I can imagine it being pretty uncomfortable & tender. Sorry, cc :(
I always seem to have IVs in my hand. They are of the devil.
And then she opened it every night to check it. Ugh! This is when it pays to have "fat" arms and hands. Im thinking the extra flesh might cushion it.
She has to check the IV site daily, unless you want it to accidentally infiltrate and then you won't complain about the IV hurting. But on my unit (before we moved) we try to avoid hands because it's a larger risk of infiltration.
I had one in the side of my wrist while I was in labor work my first. Not sure what that nurse was thinking. They're best top of the forearm, imo. Much less movement, easier to stabilize.
Not in the least. I think technology has gotten needles to the point where they are way above tolerable for most people. I just had my bloodwork labs done a couple of weeks ago & could barely feel it going in... just like a little pinch
I have no idea how they've improved the needles but I agree that they have and I love it. Wish I'd had them when I was involved with sticking people for a living.
I use to be, but not anymore.
No, I just don't like to look when they draw blood.
Not a fan of IV's. Those needles are big and once in, aren't very comfortable. I don't have a fear of them, but I'm not a fan.
I think IV starts are harder than blood draws because you have to thread the needle in farther so that it will stay. You have to watch more for straight veins and watch out for valves.