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#1
I have a medical in a few days for a job I'm starting. They want to check immunization dates, and do a blood test. Unfortunately I'm terrified of needles, and have signed the contract so I now have the job. This isn't a case of not liking needles, or thinking that it will hurt. I don't mind blood either. I just literally cannot deal with needles.
I'm pretty sure these are required for me to be signed off as "Fit to work."

I need the job though.

What the hell can I do?

Getting pretty stressed just thinking about it.
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#2
What can you do? Quit being a wuss, that's what. I love getting needles at the doctor's.
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#4
I literally cannot do this. I wouldn't say it makes me a wuss either. It's a genuine phobia. You wouldn't tell someone depressed to "Cheer the **** up" would you? I can't even make myself go there in the knowledge of this.
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#5
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i have the same fear. just close your eyes and take deep breaths the whole time.

But if your eyes are closed how do you know the doctor won't stick you in the jugular or the eyeball or the uterus? I always make sure the doctor is aligning the needle above the veign, I don't trust em.
#6
I'm deadly serious though. Is this any alternative solution?
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#7
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But if your eyes are closed how do you know the doctor won't stick you in the jugular or the eyeball or the uterus? I always make sure the doctor is aligning the needle above the veign, I don't trust em.


Like this?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4XHInbnBk8

Edit: ^ Not really. If they need a blood sample then there's only really one way they can do it. Most GPs and phobia-therapists are very familiar with a phobia of needles though, maybe you should go talk to one about it?
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#8
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I literally cannot do this. I wouldn't say it makes me a wuss either. It's a genuine phobia. You wouldn't tell someone depressed to "Cheer the **** up" would you? I can't even make myself go there in the knowledge of this.


Don't mind that guy lol. A phobia is serious, and they can make your daily life dysfunctional. If it continues to be a big problem, you'll need to see a mental health professional. Needle phobias are commonly treated, have no worry.
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#10
If you have good veins, ask for the baby/little kid needle. It's called a 'butterfly needle' here in the US, at least in my experience. I always ask for that and it barely hurts. As long as the nurse says your veins are easy enough to see/work with, they'll usually oblige. Especially if you're borderline peeing yourself, which if you're anything like me, you probably are.
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If you have good veins, ask for the baby/little kid needle. It's called a 'butterfly needle' here in the US, at least in my experience. I always ask for that and it barely hurts. As long as the nurse says your veins are easy enough to see/work with, they'll usually oblige. Especially if you're borderline peeing yourself, which if you're anything like me, you probably are.


Normal needles barely hurt.
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#12
It's nothing to do with pain or blood. I could quite comfortably cut my arm (if I had to, not in a deranged way :P ). I just can't do needles, in any form.
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#13
Maybe you could talk to the nurse before anything to see if there's another way to do the blood test? I know that in some countries, instead of using needles, they slightly touch the tip of your finger with an appropriate tool, in order to obtain a few drops of blood.
#14
Might be worth a go. But immunization jabs too. I'm scared I'll lose the job. I'm far from the only person to apply. Couldn't they hand me a scalpel and let me go crazy? lol
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#15
Pfft, I have diabetes. I have (at minimum) 4 needles a day along with pricking my fingertips for blood sugar readings. I also have regular blood tests at the pathology.

But I'm afraid of spiders so I get where you are coming from. But the only word of advice is to just do it. Slap yourself in the face, hard, and get your shit.
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#16
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What can you do? Quit being a wuss, that's what. I love getting needles at the doctor's.

This, all of it...
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#17
Really doesn't ****ing help. The fact that you don't have this phobia makes you lucky, not tough.
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#18
I agree with sebastian_96. The best way to go through it, if there's no other way to do the test, would be to think really hard about that job you want and why you want it. It's not an uncommon phobia so chances are the nurse will assist you throughout the whole thing. Just bite your tongue, and everything's gonna be fine.
#19
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Maybe you could talk to the nurse before anything to see if there's another way to do the blood test? I know that in some countries, instead of using needles, they slightly touch the tip of your finger with an appropriate tool, in order to obtain a few drops of blood.


I think they're called a lancet, and they only take blood from the capillaries, which might not be adequate as it has a different makeup slightly to blood in the veins.

TS, I think you should just address the problem - either by talking to the nurse about alleviating fear a few weeks beforehand or by just doing it. You'll need to have injections at other points of your life if you end up in hospital, want to go abroad, need another blood test at some point (and you will need another test sometime in your life) etc. If you avoid it then it's going to haunt you for the rest of your life.
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#20
I literally can't make myself. And the thought of dealing with it freaks me out, as that ultimately leads to the same thing.
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#21
Well, looks like you can either man up and do it anyway or not get the job. Phobias are awful, but they can be overcome.
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#22
You literally cannot deal with needles?


I know, they're such cunts. I always offer to meet them halfway and they always just give me a blank stare
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#23
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I literally can't make myself. And the thought of dealing with it freaks me out, as that ultimately leads to the same thing.


How old are you? Because you must have had an immunisation recently if you're anywhere between 14 and mid twenties.

Look, the fact is that there is going to be multiple times in your life where you will need to have either a vaccine or a blood test so you need to address the phobia. It's a common phobia that your GP or a therapist will very easily be able to cure (so long as it isn't rooted in some obscure, aggressive childhood experience). Either go to one of them and discuss it, or just try to face up to it. If you keep running away from it then you'll just continue to build on your phobia.
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#24
Go get a bunch of tattoos, after awhile you won't even notice needles anymore. Or just suck it up because they don't even hurt.
#25
I'm 22. And being told that I'm being a wimp doesn't help. In reality, I'm not. This is literally the only fear I have, but it's really bad.
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#26
just look the other way breathe deep and think about something groovy
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#27
That isn't gonna happen either. The knowledge of it creeps me out.
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#28
Alright, let's make this as simple as it can get -

Either you need the money and get the shot to have a green-light for your physical, or you don't, and you don't need the money that badly.

Maybe I'm being abrupt here, but I never had the luxury. If I didn't pay my share, the bills didn't get paid and we didn't have a place to live. Either do it or don't. There's no magic trick.
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#29
Don't mind people calling you names because of that, it's a phobia so it's not about simply manning up. Really, nurses aren't demons, usually at least. If you express your fear of needles beforehand, they will probably find another way. Like you said, you could simply cut yourself with any sharp object you can find in the room
#30
Thanks Niamorg. Maybe that's the way forward. I'll just have to hope they don't call security!
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#32
It's okay to have a phobia, but everyone has to face their fears once in a while. Stop saying you're not a wuss aside from this and just let this happen, because we don't believe you.
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#33
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I'm 22. And being told that I'm being a wimp doesn't help. In reality, I'm not. This is literally the only fear I have, but it's really bad.


Ignore the people saying you're a wimp.

And so you must have had a TB jab in the last six or so years? No?

Trust me, go to your GP or get your local doctors to put you in touch with a therapist who can help you deal with it.

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Like you said, you could simply cut yourself with any sharp object you can find in the room


Yeah, that isn't going to happen. If you cut yourself the blood is mixed heavily with a vast array of cellular fluids from within the cells you just destroyed, and thus it is fairly useless for a basic blood test.
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#35
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I'm 22. And being told that I'm being a wimp doesn't help. In reality, I'm not. This is literally the only fear I have, but it's really bad.


Sure you are, just like I'm a wimp every time I'm in the vicinity of a spider. Admit to being a wimp and all of this will be easier my friend.
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#36
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I'm 22. And being told that I'm being a wimp doesn't help. In reality, I'm not. This is literally the only fear I have, but it's really bad.

Here this should help.

#37
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Sure you are, just like I'm a wimp every time I'm in the vicinity of a spider. Admit to being a wimp and all of this will be easier my friend.

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#38
There are a few different ways to deal with this. Some therapists will do a tough love approach where they will expose you to needles and after enough exposure, your body will realize that it hasn't been harmed and you'll feel more comfortable with them. Others go from a pure logic approach. They'll ask you why you're afraid of needles, and they'll just reason you through it.

I'm not a therapist myself, but that's what I know about. I think the important thing to do right now for you is to identify why you're so scared of needles, and then try to reason with yourself, so that you're not afraid. If you want someone to reason with you, you can PM me. It might not be overly effective and you might just have to bite the bullet and force yourself to go, but it's a step forward.
#39
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#40
Cheers Kratos. I have no idea why they scare me tbh, but it's severe. Logic is all very well (and logically speaking this is ridiculous), but that doesn't help me unfortunately. I wish it did.
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