Anything involving needles is not my cup of tea. In fact, most of the time I get very lightheaded during it and have been known to pass out. But I’ve learned some tricks over the years.
Recently, I had to face this fear. I made an appointment for before work. I woke up and headed straight to Quest. Sitting in the waiting room for only 2 minutes definitely helped the anxiety.
“Elena. Come on back,” said the phlebotomists. “Come right in this room.”
“Um, sorry! Can I go in a different room?” I asked tentatively. “One where I could lay down.”
I could feel the annoyance of the phlebotomists but she smiled and said “sure.”
“Believe me,” I continued. “This will start off on a better foot.”
The phlebotomists shrugged and led me across the hall. Within about 10 minutes I was finished.
No lightheadedness. No passing out.
“See, a much better and faster start to both of our days,” I said walking out the door. “Thanks.”
** I found out my bloodwork was perfect! “The best cholesterol I’ve seen in a while!”**