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27 April 2015 @ 05:36 pm
No, not that!  
I suddenly remembered this morning that I'm supposed to get a blood draw to check my thyroid levels and see how well my measles vaccination is holding up (it was in that iffy era where the vaccines were weaker). I'm several weeks overdue on this, and will I get to it soon? Ummm...

My doctor does not realize that I'm phobic about blood draws (needles-in-veins, really), so I have to force myself to do it. It virtually always hurts the entire time, too, which just reinforces the phobia. I don't mind shots—they're just painful. But this? I found out a few years ago that my dad had this same phobia, and he was a doctor!

My mother is doing pretty well, and has even gone out to lunch with a group of other ladies from her senior community who have a club that goes out monthly. The people there have been very supportive of her, and she finds them all really nice, so that's a good place for her to be right now even though she's alone. I didn't ask how the training sessions with the Heinous Hound are going, but it has to be an improvement as long as he gets to the point where he doesn't yank or knock her down.

She mentioned that she was having real trouble with The Sisters Brothers, and that doesn't surprise me. She says things like that in a tone I can't help but hear as accusatory, and I reminded her that the book was a gift to Dad (who enjoyed it quite a bit). We ran into this years ago with Stephen Colbert's, I Am America, And So Can You. She said that maybe she didn't have much of a sense of humor anymore, and I said I'd really loaned that book for Dad to read (he liked irony and satire quite a bit, and my mother doesn't). I mean, there are books he'd slog through (Joseph Conrad) that my mother wouldn't even have tried to read, so I know she doesn't imagine their tastes were identical. She doesn't like any of the characters in The Sisters Brothers, though that may change if she sticks with it. There's a reason Eli is the narrator of that story and not Charlie, and that made her think a little.

Biking: my rides near the office generally involve a long stretch into a rural area where there is one light and one stop sign (I u-turn before I hit it), and the prevailing winds are from the side. This is great so long as it's not really gusty/windy. There are fields where herds of cattle periodically graze, and last Thursday there was a random spotted white horse in the field with all the cows, looking confused. Today was a tour-de-roadkill: a turkey (probably), a white golden-tailed hawk (?), and two frogs. I've seen the dead frogs before—they're always lying on their backs, with their front flippers up in a "Praise Jesus!" position. Maybe they try to hop out into the road and run into the side of a car? IDK, but they always wind up the same way.

Now that it's Monday, I'm mourning the fact that Sleepy Hollow is over for the season. That's one of our guilty pleasures, along with The Black List (still on). We've been watching Backstrom (between that and Grimm my Portland longings get a workout every week). Backstrom is entertaining, though I mourn how Thomas Dekker is looking these days, and I would pay real money for Rainn Wilson to keep his shirt on. Criminy. OTOH, Dennis Haysbert and his voice are also on the show, and so is a guy who kind of looks like Dominic Purcell (and makes me wish WERE Dominic Purcell).

Okay, back to work (testing all the things!) Hope you all had a good weekend!

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bleodsweanbleodswean on April 28th, 2015 12:52 am (UTC)
I had to have blood drawn every other week for months when I was a child. I got over my needle phobia, but yeah, it HURTS! Even with great veins. It's a hard thing because you've got to stay so still.....Good luck!

Dominic!!! <---- lusts
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: DominicSexyhalfshellvenus on April 28th, 2015 02:41 am (UTC)
I get the feeling that most people don't have that much sensitivity, but I'm pretty much "overwired" everywhere. Our lab techs also tend to pull up on the needle while it's in the vein, which is awful. I did have one guy (ONCE) whose "stick" felt like being poked with the tip of a pencil. So, it's possible to be gentle. But most people, I think, just don't bother. :(

I'm using my sexy Dominic icon here just for you. :D
Trigger Warning: Lifematchboximpala on April 28th, 2015 07:16 am (UTC)
I had blood drawn a few times last month and when I went to the lab it was quick and painless. When I had surgery a few weeks ago a nurse had to inject one of those lines into my hand and then draw blood and I swear it was like her first time doing both. EXCRUTIATING. She finally had to get someone else to come in and do it. I wanted to punch her in the head.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 28th, 2015 05:08 pm (UTC)
Some times ARE excruciating-- the IV line in the back of my hand when I was giving birth to my son was awful, and the nurse couldn't understand why I kept asking when it could come out. OUT. OUT!! Afterward, she said, "Huh. Must've been sitting on a nerve."

Does it matter? When it hurts, it's bad. Some of those draws, it feels like the person is just trying to rip up the vein while they're in there. Ugh.
Direst Ryl: Forest Spiritryl on April 28th, 2015 10:26 am (UTC)
I still have to force myself to stay still whenever I get blood drawn and I've had hundreds of needles jabbed into me over my life. "You'll get used to it," They said. They are liars.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 28th, 2015 05:09 pm (UTC)
"You'll get used to it," They said. They are liars.
If you hate it and it hurts, it doesn't get better. It just reinforces how awful it is. :(
Jadejadedone2many on April 28th, 2015 03:51 pm (UTC)
I totally understand. My needle-phobic ass just *had* to develop type 1 diabetes lol. Now I'm needle-dependent for life. -__-

Seriously, though, I think there's a huge difference between the way it feels when people jab something in (a shot) and when they take something out (blood). It's just... I dunno. I have to have blood drawn from my arm 1-2x a year as part of my diabetes care and they just know now to use the butterfly needle or whatever it's called b/c they know I'm a big baby. Between that & many years (literally 18 years now) of 1-2x/yr blood draws, I'm a bit desensitized to it, but I definitely still feel the stick & the 'whoosh'/sucking feeling as the blood goes OUT of me. It makes me ill. *shudder*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 28th, 2015 05:11 pm (UTC)
Ooh, I should ask for the butterfly needle or whatever that is. Maybe that's what the tech used the one time it felt like a light pencil-tip poke instead of pain-pain-pain?

I used to wonder how my brother could stand to inject himself with insulin (he's a Type 1 diabetic), but my issue with needles is less now-- so long as they're being used for shots and not going into veins. It's so unnatural. *shudder*
Rebeccabeeker121 on April 28th, 2015 04:14 pm (UTC)
Ugh blood draws are never my favorites. I donate, but at this point I go to the same lab at the same time, and work to get my favorite tech. This past time I didn't even bruise. But people working in a lab tend to be a little less careful than folks at a donation center. I hope your results are all peachy.

When Dominic randomly appeared on The Flash I was very happy, not that they gave him much to do but still yummy.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: DominicSexyhalfshellvenus on April 28th, 2015 05:13 pm (UTC)
It's funny, my daughter (who is a big weenie in all other respects) actually donates blood. I've never even tried-- too many random meds, but moreover, I can barely tolerate the needle-in-the-vein for the 5-60 seconds it takes for a blood draw. Minutes? I can't fight the phobia off that long. :O

I haven't been watching the Flash, but maybe I should-- just to get a glimpse of Dominic again. Or rewatch "John Doe." :D
Rebeccabeeker121 on April 28th, 2015 06:38 pm (UTC)
That's entirely fair. Someone above mentioned butterfly needles and I've had those before, also known as child sized needles, they're smaller and usually used for people with small veins. They do hurt less but it usually takes slightly longer for them to get the amount they need, because smaller needle. I don't know which piece of your phobia would win in that case.