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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.






Much love,

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…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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