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16 August 2012 (Bloody incidents)

August 16, 2012

Two bloody incidents from an otherwise typical day:

*In the morning, I went to the local kupat holim (general clinic) to get some blood tests. Over the years I have developed a quiet phobia towards getting my blood taken. I say quiet because it’s not so extreme that I can’t sleep from fear and dread the night (or nights) before the test, nor am I taken over by nerves and anxiety on the actual day.

But the act itself affects me greatly (I can’t even go in to the physical details because it freaks me out) and I have learned to request getting the procedure done lying down. I can still recall how one nurse many years ago looked at my face after he drew my blood and calmly say (with a hint of urgency in his eyes), “Oh… you’re looking quite blue. You need to stay here for a while.”

Thankfully today it was my favorite sweet, cheery nurse that hushed me like a baby the last time I was at the clinic, which made it easier. Needless to say, I am so glad it’s over, and sincerely hope my next blood test is not before 2065.

*When I came back home from work I went straight to our freezer in search for some chicken thighs to defreeze for dinner. In the midst of the search, one of the frozen packages fell out of my grasp and BAM! fell smack on to my right toe. It never occurred to me before just how painful a small clump of frozen meat may cause an average human… but I know now. It hurts.

平凡な一日を中断させた二つの血混じりの出来事:

*今朝近くのクパット・ホリム(総合クリニック)に血液検査を受けに行きました。
私は10代の頃から大の血液検査恐怖症なんです。
と言っても検査の何日も前から不安や恐怖のため眠れなくなったり、
検査当日緊張のため何も食べられないとか、そんな大げさなものではないのですが。

でも血液をとられる動作そのものにすごい影響されるんです。
あまり詳しいことは考えただけでぞっとするのでここでは書きませんが、、、
過去の経験から、検査のたびに座るのではなく寝た状態でお願いすることにしてます。
今でもある検査の担当者の方が血液をとった後、
「あ、、、ちょっと青いですね、しばらく横になられたほうがいいですね、、、」
と目が真剣ながら声のトーンはおだやかで落ち着いていた時のことが記憶に残っています。

今日は幸運なことに私の好きな明るくて優しいナースが担当してくれたのでまだよかった。
(このナースは以前私がクリニックに行った時私をまるで赤ん坊のように「よしよし」
となだめてくれた人)
でも終わってほっとしたし、できれば次の血液検査は2065年以降でありますように、、、

*仕事から帰ってきて真っ先に向かったのは冷蔵庫。
晩ご飯用に鶏肉を解凍するためです。
冷凍庫をあさっている最中、肉のかたまりの一つが落ち私の右足の親指を直撃!!
い〜た〜い〜〜〜〜〜!!!
気絶すると思うくらいの痛さでした。
親指の爪は時間が過ぎるごとに内出血でどんどん青くなっていく、、、
今後はもっと気をつけなくては。

Much love,
Kaori

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Abby permalink
    August 18, 2012 5:13 pm

    I have the same experience with blood tests and often ask if I can lie down during the test. I also get faint after some medical exams that I won’t elaborate here🙂 I think it means that we are sensitive and very much in our heads so the thought of what is happening is even worse than the actual procedure. I learned from my doctors that I am prone to having vasovasgal response http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vasovagal_response…maybe you are too.🙂

    • August 19, 2012 5:04 pm

      Hi Abby! I didn’t know you went through the same experience. If I had known when we were in Tokyo, we could have called each other for moral support each time we had to take the dreaded test! You’re totally right about it all being very much in our heads. Each time I gear myself up to think about pleasant thoughts like a hundred puppies🙂 and maybe that gearing up is actually causing me to be even more sensitive.
      I didn’t know about the vasovasgal response… sounds a bit more intense than what I usually experience, but it’s good to know about it.

  2. August 18, 2012 10:45 pm

    I hope you’re ok! I admire your bravery in keeping your phobia quiet. Shlomo is borderline phobic about needles of all kinds and I feel so bad for him when he is stressing out about it.

    • August 19, 2012 5:10 pm

      It’s so nice to know that I am not alone in this! My phobia is particularly for blood tests and not as strong for other procedures with needles… but I totally sympathize with Shlomo!

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