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Fear of Needles?



CHONG HUA LABORATORY, Cebu City
"Thank you for waiting. Number 25, please proceed to the extraction area."

So goes the sound of their high tech lady voice number caller. With the push of a button, the calming voice of the lady mentions the priority number.

This is not my first time. In fact, I could not count with my fingers (even toes) the number of times that I have been here.

Labs, labs, labs. I have been used to this since I was diagnosed to have SLE ( Systemic Lupus Erythematosus). I guess the first time I had my labs gave me a feeling of fear and excitement.

I don't know why it gave me that feeling, but it sure does excites me to watch my blood leave from my vein. I would think this is weird for others.

Having my lab work from time to time in six years did make me think that this was just one my of natural routines. It became unexciting anymore. It became normal for me.

Nothing special...
This happens maybe when you already do things over and over again.
Nothing new...
You get used to needles of all sizes.

This may encourage other sick people like me out there.

If you were newly diagnosed with a disease or anything which always require you to do lab work, I tell you, you will get used to it.

Doing anything for the first time might be a hard start for anybody, but as you routinely do it, it becomes natural for you to be inserted with needles.

At first, you won't look as it is being inserted. As your visits in the lab become frequent, you tend to start looking at it and voila! you end up staring at it. Well this just means that you have conquered your fear.

You can then come back in this space and comment on how true I was.

Go on...Live longer...have your labs done.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Carla, I am not exactly afraid of needles but what I hate about pricking is medtech's not telling you when he will insert the needle. It's as if he wants to see me surprised. Grrr!!! What I want is for me to be ready when the pain starts so I can hold my breath.

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