Reply Hey Mom! Learn more about the Gerber Life Insurance Grow-Up Plan!
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 01-23-2013, 11:06 AM   #11
songbird516's Avatar
songbird516
Registered Users
seller
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Virginia
Posts: 6,164
My Mood:
Re: Fear of needles?

Yes I have vasovagal sycope and end to pass out if I'm not Very distracted. I can credit this to first getting me interested in natural birth! No way was I letting a needle that big close to me if it wasn't absolutely necessary.

I am not much help though, because with my first I avoided needles by declining most prenatal tests and getting to the hospital too late for them to even try a heplock, and the second time I opted for a homebirth where of course I was hoping that needles weren't necessary, and they weren't. I've had two vaginal births with no cervical exams or needles, so that makes me very happy!

Advertisement

__________________
Sara- mommy to Claire (01/10) and Micah (3/12) and someone new (10/14)
Birth doula and life-long student of Everything! Need a doula in the central VA area? Let's talk! www.beyondbirthsupport.com
songbird516 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2013, 02:38 PM   #12
Harmony96's Avatar
Harmony96
Administrator
sitesupporter
seller
seller
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Texas
Posts: 24,272
My Mood:
Re: Fear of needles?

Quote:
Originally Posted by songbird516 View Post
Yes I have vasovagal sycope and tend to pass out if I'm not Very distracted. I can credit this to first getting me interested in natural birth! No way was I letting a needle that big close to me if it wasn't absolutely necessary.
Yeah, that. I used to get lightheaded with ANY medical skin puncture at all, whether it was an IV line or to draw blood or injections or even just a finger poke to test iron or whatever. It was to the point where I'd tell whoever was poking me that I would need to lie down, and that I would get pale (pale past the point of being white. I'd turn blue-ish), and I'd stay that way for about 5-10 minutes and then be fine. There were a couple of times that I got my blood pressure measured during an episode, and it was 50/22 one time, and 60-something/30-something another time.

With all my IVs for my hospital births, someone from anesthesia had to put them in (not necessarily an actual anesthesiologist, but someone from that department), giving me a shot of lidocaine first. My issue was that my veins were "valvey" lol, so the tube would only go in so far and then get stuck at a valve.

Now, though, needles don't bother me at ALL. I'm even to the point where I can even WATCH the needle go in, and stay vertical (in a chair as opposed to on a bed) and everything. My BP stays normal and I no longer get lightheaded. What cured me? A 24-day hospital stay where I had multiple blood draws daily. I lost official count before they put in my PICC line and didn't have to puncture me anymore, but it was easily near 50 draws over the whole time I was in there. Now, I don't recommend a hospital stay to cure someone of a fear of needles but it's what happened with me, and I seriously thought I would never be "cured."

I chose a homebirth for my second baby in hopes of avoiding needles, but ironically, my homebirth/prenatal care had exactly the same number of blood draws that my hospital birth/prenatal care did.
__________________
Andrea, child of God, wife of Tim, charting, sewing and authoring mama of L, B, ^i^ J, J, and G
I'm a Shaklee distributor! Click here for natural home and body care!
PM me for information on our 180 complete weight loss system! Samples available soon!
I'm also a Younique presenter. Click here for naturally-based beauty care!
Harmony96 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2013, 12:46 PM   #13
nettepoet's Avatar
nettepoet
Registered Users
seller
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: dirty jersey
Posts: 442
Re: Fear of needles?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Kiliki View Post
I had this exact thing happen with my one hospital birth. They exploded the veins in the tops of both hands, one wrist, and my forearm. The last resort was to call a pediatric anesthesiologist, next step would have been a line in my NECK.... ugh. and, I am a person who cries from having blood drawn. So you can just imagine the hysteria.

My way of dealing with it has been to opt for homebith everytime since that experience. Obviously this is not a choice for everyone, though.

Are you able to decline the IV?
LOL - i couldve written this post myself!! i had a hospital birth with no IV and no epidural bc of my fear of needles, and the second time i just stayed home and did a waterbirth so i could avoid the hassle. i have passed out before bc of blood squirting on me, and anytime i have to have a blood test i have to be treated like a baby. flat on my back, hubby holding my hand and distracting me, butterfly needles.

to the OP- definitely ask for a butterfly needle. also, some docs will let you skip the IV, just ask!
__________________
none on the boards, but feedback on LJ here: http://community.livejournal.com/mem...ck/128459.html
nettepoet is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2013, 01:07 PM   #14
lilannies mama's Avatar
lilannies mama
Registered Users
seller
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 1,522
Sing it sister I'd rather be hit over the head with a ball bat. They had to get the anthestiologist to put my Iv in to. I told him he got one shot of he missed I guess I'd just be going home lol he got it though. Then to beat it all I had to be put on magnesium & that night had to have an emergency c-section & my blood drawn every day after for 8 days. Are you kidding me? It was awful even after going through all of that I still get faint getting blood drawn I'm such a wimp. My poor baby was in nicu with needles & ivs & feeding tubes coming from every where & here I was being a Whiney baby. All I can say is my baby's one tough chick!( she hates doctors now though)
lilannies mama is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Copyright 2005 - 2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.