Blood Phobia

By MAYS Latest Reply 2016-02-29 17:24:46 -0600
Started 2011-01-12 11:49:24 -0600

Having diabetes has allowed me to discover something about myself that I never, ever knew.

I have a “Blood Phobia!”

I have no problem seeing blood, unless it’s my own!

I have a number of blood test done every year to see what effect diabetes has (or is having) on my internal organs, there is no paranoia here, these test are routine, and ordered by my doctors.

I have seen blood in many ways, some ways unimaginable to others (trauma, emergencies, and accidents).

Yet it bothers me to witness my blood exit my body to enter a test tube for testing!
I don’t faint or anything like that, but the feeling that I get is unexplainable, yet real and sometimes scary.

Maybe it’s the quantity that is being taken, maybe I’m mentally stingy, after all it is my blood!

Does anyone else have a “blood phobia” of some sort?


34 replies

trsquare 2016-02-29 09:16:57 -0600 Report

I don't look. I can't look. It just seems to hurt more if I look, so i just have one hand on the sissybar, and the other out for them to get what blood is needed.

runthe 2011-01-15 22:49:46 -0600 Report

Hi Mays, I don't have a problem with seeing blood, but I have a problem when it is time for them to take blood or give me an IV. When my veins sees a needle its goodbye and see u later because they are gone. It takes the tech sticking me about four or five times to find a vein.

Anonymous 2011-01-15 20:19:56 -0600 Report

I had blood drawn yesterday, I don't know how many vials they got.
I told the tech if they needed any more they would have cut my

petals 2011-01-15 16:01:15 -0600 Report

I don't have a blood phobia, but I do have veins that roll around alot. So I have to get poked more then once most of the time when they draw blood. And in april I have a major blood test coming up, they will draw 16 tubes of blood ranging from the big ones to the small ones, hmmm, I wonder how I sure study for that test!!

jayabee52 2011-01-15 18:26:39 -0600 Report

My bride Jem had that problem of rolling blood vessels also. She had to stay hydrated to counteract that as much as possible. If she didn't stay hydrated the plebotomy techs would give her a glass of water to drink, and would wait for about 5 min to let it get into her system.

My last visit to ER & hospital stay I experienced rolling veins. But since I didn't have a workup yet I couldn't have anything to drink. They finally got a vein, but OUCH!

petals 2011-01-15 21:50:33 -0600 Report

Yes, I make sure to drink my water before any lab work, if not OUCH is right? How have you been?

GabbyPA 2011-01-13 21:48:28 -0600 Report

I don't have a phobia, but my veins do. They run and hide every time a needle comes near. My last lab, the poked me 4 times and then had to send me to the lab directly the next day to get the draw. She got me first stab. Good thing, I was out of options. LOL

Elrond 2011-01-13 16:27:36 -0600 Report

I don't really mind having blood drawn but I hate the trip to the lab. You see, in 1994, I had a stroke and I've been on Coumadin since. Because of that, I need to have my INR (clotting time) tested once every 2 weeks. This is along with other tests my doctor orders for my diabetes and heart disease. This all adds up to a lot of trips to the lab. Unfortunately, that's about a 20 mile round trip through heavy rush hour traffic. I've been trying to convince the techs to draw a couple quarts and store it, using it as needed but they don't think that will work. Maybe I can lay a 'blood pipeline' from here to the lab.

MAYS 2011-01-13 17:03:09 -0600 Report

Elrond, if you ever figure out how to lay that pipeline to the lab, let me know!
You are are such a "Pillar of Strength" considering all that you do, and have been thru, as well as a "Pillar of Strength" here at Diabetic Connect!

PetiePal 2011-01-13 10:15:13 -0600 Report

I don't have a phobia I'd say..I just don't like my blood leaving my body lol. I don't mind the finger pricks or anything but I've always been a little iffy about when they take more then 3-4 vials during blood tests. I just man up and tough it out but it's like why are you taking SO MUCH hahaha. :)

jayabee52 2011-01-14 00:51:12 -0600 Report

I personally don't have my blood tested that often, nor have I had more than 3 or 4 vials taken at a time. My bride had A LOT of blood work done, and sometimes they took 8 or 9 vials at a time. And unfortunately she sometimes had to get stuck 3 or 4 times to get all of those because her veins would collapse. I felt so sorry for her to get stuck so many times but she was my "Brave Little Toaster" ( from the children's movie of the same name) because she never complained. She was amazing!

Dev 2011-01-13 09:53:11 -0600 Report

I don't have problem with blood. But I have this weird thing going on with eyes. I cannot see anybody putting eye drops in their eyes. I cannot think of putting any in mine. No eye makeup. No contact lenses. Anything too close to eyes and I freak out. Going to the eye doctor is a torture.

MAYS, there is a British tv series on Hulu - 'Doc Martin' and I think also on Netflix, about a surgeon who develops hemophobia and starts a small practice in a village. They show him practicing to get over it by holding a bag of blood and squeezing on it. You might enjoy the TV series as it is not your own blood :)

MAYS 2011-01-13 16:14:32 -0600 Report

Thanks for the information, my phobia is more about me giving up so much blood, but I'm not complaining!!
Thanks for the show info, I'll check it out, the show sounds very interesting!

Harlen 2011-01-12 19:29:45 -0600 Report

Wow thats not good
I do my owne stiches lol
But vommet kills me any ones even my owne
Hang in there Mays
Best wishes

GabbyPA 2011-01-13 21:50:48 -0600 Report

Oh, I am right there with you Harlen. I have to leave the room if someone is puking...or I will be right there with them. YUCK!!

MAYS 2011-01-12 23:54:04 -0600 Report

Harlen,thanks for the words of encouragement.
I'm fine with seeing my own blood, just a little uneasy seeing it go into a test tube never to be mine again, I guess that it's all in my mind, better left unseen (for me!)

Best wishes

Brenda_B 2011-01-12 19:25:01 -0600 Report

Blood in general never has bother me… including when my son was injured (seveal time) and there was a lot of blood on both of us… But going to Kidney Dialysis with my mother was a bit hard for me. It was seeing all those beautiful red burgundy color tubes and realizing it was people very lives just swirling around…. out of their bodies then back in again. It was sort of surreal… and creepy… and amazing all at the same time.

I do have to add the story about a boyfriend out to dinner with my family. After watching several in group, test their blood and give themselves insulin shots… he passed out hit the floor… and ened up in the emergency room.

MAYS 2011-01-12 23:45:50 -0600 Report

My feelings exactly (concerning blood), a little creepy, yet fascinating!
People actually do pass out from seeing blood!

MewElla 2011-01-12 14:01:22 -0600 Report

Definitely hate those little lab bottles of My Blood. But, as I have learned this is a necessary evil of testing every 3 months. Figure I best get used to it even though I sure don't like it. But that does not mean that I have to watch the technician…NOT..

MAYS 2011-01-12 16:56:16 -0600 Report

Well stated, although I tend to watch curiously as my blood leaves my body!
In a word, for me it's torture!

jayabee52 2011-01-12 13:37:52 -0600 Report

God bless you Mays!
I know people with blood phobias (I do not) and their responses are as varied as we are. Some don't like to see it at all. Some are OK with blood tests but freak out or faint when cut and the blood is flowing freely. That's just another way we are all different. A least you don't refuse to get the blood tests you need. I know of some people who have to be sedated to give a blood test.

As I said in another of your discussions, I used to be a blood donor and felt GREAT after giving a donation.

I use this opportunity to again urge everyone who is able, to donate blood at least once or twice a year. I had opportunity (actually need) to get blood back to make up for what I lost from a bleeding ulcer.

Thanks to whoever donated what I got. If I could, I'd still roll up my sleeve to donate.

Blessings to you and yours


granniesophie 2011-01-14 05:32:01 -0600 Report

Would like to be able to donate, but can't-could be a carrier of "Mad Cow Disease"-no kidding! We lived in Germany in the 80's during the whole Mad Cow thing and when my daughter went to donate blood after 9/11, she was told that because we had lived there she, and everyone in the family were ineligible to donate blood until 2253! So she is going to try to stay alive until then to donate :) Who even came up with that year??
Such silliness-I can't even donate blood to myself!
Who comes up with this stuff anyway???

jayabee52 2011-01-14 10:16:46 -0600 Report

Sorry to hear that, Sophie!
I don't know who comes up with these guidelines / restrictions. I am now permanently on the do not donate list due to the diseases I have & the meds I take. I hate not being able to donate & always felt better when after I did.

MAYS 2011-01-12 23:40:42 -0600 Report

James, thanks for once again pointing out the importance for the need of blood donors.
I never complain about taking any test that are requested of me, if it is necessary to insure my health, or to help medical science in some way, I'm all for it.

Take care of that ulcer!


CaliKo 2011-01-12 13:34:02 -0600 Report

My husband does. He can watch most anything I have to go through, except my injection therapy for a different condition, but if they have to take his blood, he has to look away. And he will faint. Lucky for him there's no diabetes in his family, I'd hate to see him have to test his glucose levels. How do you do it?

MAYS 2011-01-12 17:08:32 -0600 Report

That's interesting (the fainting) does he ever test your blood glucose level for you?

CaliKo 2011-01-12 17:12:43 -0600 Report

Never. I probably need to see if he can get over that, it would be safer for me if he was comfortable with it in case I'm comatose, or just stupid and confused with a low. He would probably be willing, it just hadn't occurred to me that he needs to learn. Thanks for being thought provoking.

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