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Re: Do we have a New Year's Resolutions thread yet?
« Reply #50 on: 15 Jan 2013, 10:04 »

Trans* people are the highest risk group for HIV/AIDS.

Also, hormonal regimens tend to muck up the bloodwork, apparently.
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Re: Do we have a New Year's Resolutions thread yet?
« Reply #51 on: 15 Jan 2013, 10:23 »

Oh. So it's possible that I wouldn't be allowed to donate anyway. I'm on alllll sorts of medications now, and soon I will be adding two more. Fun!
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Re: Do we have a New Year's Resolutions thread yet?
« Reply #52 on: 15 Jan 2013, 10:28 »

I can understand hormone regimens making tests a little hard to read, but...the rest is just plain discriminatory. As a scientist, I can understand the Red Cross's carefully-worded notice (click on "Donor Deferral") supporting the FDA's findings, but it doesn't change the fact that freewheelin' sexual escapades aren't so freewheelin' anymore...I would assume (correctly, I hope) that everyone who's responsible enough to give blood is at least responsible enough to be educated about STI's.
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Re: Do we have a New Year's Resolutions thread yet?
« Reply #53 on: 15 Jan 2013, 10:38 »

Oh. So it's possible that I wouldn't be allowed to donate anyway. I'm on alllll sorts of medications now, and soon I will be adding two more. Fun!

I'm pretty sure Spironolactone alone is enough to disqualify your blood.
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Re: Do we have a New Year's Resolutions thread yet?
« Reply #54 on: 15 Jan 2013, 10:59 »

This means that, at least, I don't feel guilty about not donating.
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Re: Do we have a New Year's Resolutions thread yet?
« Reply #55 on: 15 Jan 2013, 12:19 »

Hmmm. If statistically that's the case, then it is hard to argue with. But rather like the issue of men who have sex with men (and I asked at my appointment today, they are still banned for life in the UK), it is a blanket ban when it might be more effective if they were to take a more nuanced approach. I don't know.
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Re: Do we have a New Year's Resolutions thread yet?
« Reply #56 on: 15 Jan 2013, 13:27 »

Really? I thought it was reduced to a year of non-man-sex-havin' now.

Guess I'm not giving blood  :psyduck:
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« Reply #57 on: 15 Jan 2013, 13:32 »

They said that it's being looked into and isn't currently possible, but I just looked on the Blood website and it says that it's one year. So I am confused!

Edit: just checked and the change was indeed implemented in November 2011. So my donor centre is VERY out of date!
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Re: Do we have a New Year's Resolutions thread yet?
« Reply #58 on: 15 Jan 2013, 14:21 »

I think it's probably for the best though. I saw a penis once, and now my blood drips black and burns holes in the floor.

Thank god that's all that happened...
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Re: Do we have a New Year's Resolutions thread yet?
« Reply #59 on: 15 Jan 2013, 15:00 »

I was born about two months early, had a blood transfusion as a baby (thanks, science!) and as such cannot donate blood. By the sounds of it I'm now allowed to have lots of gay sex. Hoorah!

Should probably check if there's a way to donate my time, though.
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« Reply #60 on: 15 Jan 2013, 15:12 »

To...to gay sex?
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« Reply #61 on: 15 Jan 2013, 15:24 »

Oh. So it's possible that I wouldn't be allowed to donate anyway. I'm on alllll sorts of medications now, and soon I will be adding two more. Fun!
I'm pretty sure Spironolactone alone is enough to disqualify your blood.

Really? If so...that's just stupid...loads of people are on that. I know it can tweak hormone levels, but it's typically used as a diuretic.

I was born about two months early, had a blood transfusion as a baby (thanks, science!) and as such cannot donate blood. By the sounds of it I'm now allowed to have lots of gay sex. Hoorah!

Have fun.  ;) Seriously though, I think it the blood transfusion were dangerous, you wouldn't have survived this long.
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Re: Do we have a New Year's Resolutions thread yet?
« Reply #62 on: 15 Jan 2013, 15:36 »

They said that it's being looked into and isn't currently possible, but I just looked on the Blood website and it says that it's one year. So I am confused!

Edit: just checked and the change was indeed implemented in November 2011. So my donor centre is VERY out of date!

Can I suggest you report that? If they're over a year out of date on legislation then what the fuck else are they missing?
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Re: Do we have a New Year's Resolutions thread yet?
« Reply #63 on: 15 Jan 2013, 16:10 »

Can I suggest you report that? If they're over a year out of date on legislation then what the fuck else are they missing?

Not that this excuses them, but Red Cross makes mistakes all the time. They really need to get their collective head in the game.

Example: My wife (and I, by unfortunate extension) were watching the Duggars ("[X number of] Kids and Counting"), and they were all going to a blood drive. Those old enough were donating blood, because they're all about "doing the right thing." That's fantastic. But then I remembered: They all (the whole god damn family, all 21 of them) just came back from HONDURAS...or maybe it was El Salvador...anyway, they go there EVERY YEAR. Both countries are chock full of mosquitos, and both are considered HIGH RISK MALARIA ZONES, making anyone entering them ineligible for 12 months. And since they go every year, they shouldn't be donating AT ALL. EVER.

This is all on national TV, and it scares me that I'm probably one of about a dozen people (arbitrarily estimated) nationwide who have put these puzzle pieces together.
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Re: Do we have a New Year's Resolutions thread yet?
« Reply #64 on: 15 Jan 2013, 16:24 »

I know someone who works for the Red Cross and if you tell me the address of the one you're talking about I could get it through to the right people.
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Re: Do we have a New Year's Resolutions thread yet?
« Reply #65 on: 15 Jan 2013, 17:06 »

Blood-banks are hyper-cautious, at least in Australia. I had a co-worker who was among the thousands banned from giving blood here, simply because he had lived in the UK for a period covered by the "Mad Cow Ban" (1980-1996).
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Re: Do we have a New Year's Resolutions thread yet?
« Reply #66 on: 15 Jan 2013, 17:27 »

Yeah, Mad-cow madness is still rampant in Red Cross eligibility nazis.

I know someone who works for the Red Cross and if you tell me the address of the one you're talking about I could get it through to the right people.

I don't know...All I know is that it's in or near near Tontitown, Arkansas (zip 72770).

Wait...scratch that, here you go:
Quote from: RedCross.org
their   special visit to the American Red Cross, Lowery Blood Center in Little Rock.

Just to cover all my bases, here's their local one, for the record.

Tontitown American Red Cross
Tontitown Blood Donation Center
250 Industrial Circle East
Tontitown, AR 72770

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Re: Do we have a New Year's Resolutions thread yet?
« Reply #67 on: 16 Jan 2013, 02:15 »

Yup, I can't give blood in America or Australia ever because I spent the first five years of my life (in fact, almost all of the 22 years of my life, but the point is the first five) living in the UK. And of course as a vegetarian infant living in a town, I was at great risk of contracting mad cow disease...

Anyway. Gareth, next time I go I will check again and if I'm not told that it's been changed (and if the leaflet hasn't been updated) I will tell them, and write to them. It really surprises me as it's the permanent donor centre for one of the country's top teaching hospitals; they ought to be on this stuff. I hope it's just the one woman who I spoke to who wasn't with it - she was the receptionist - but the leaflet being wrong too worries me.
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« Reply #68 on: 16 Jan 2013, 03:04 »

I can't give blood because I get a tattoo about once every 9 to 11 months. Also I'm afraid of needles and I don't really like the idea of my blood being taken. And we all know the Red Cross is run by vampires*. I don't even know my blood type.



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« Reply #69 on: 16 Jan 2013, 03:11 »

I can't give blood because I get a tattoo about once every 9 to 11 months. Also I'm afraid of needles [...]

So, how do you even get your tattoos done?
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« Reply #70 on: 16 Jan 2013, 05:49 »

Needles that draw blood are completely different from tattoo needles.
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« Reply #71 on: 16 Jan 2013, 05:54 »

I'm actually the same way- I used to pass out when I had to have blood drawn (now I just let lightheaded but still- no fun), but have sit through 7 tattoos to date and have never had an issue. Actually kinda feels.....nice. Plus- it's on a whole different side emotionally- tattoos mean excitement, something new that you've been looking forward to. Having life juice taken out of you is a little scary to think about. Just fuel for my already panicky brain...


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« Reply #72 on: 16 Jan 2013, 06:07 »

I get excited about donating blood - it feels like an important and useful thing to do, and I have felt so guilty for the last two years about not being able to that finally having managed to give a full donation was a great feeling! If you think about it as "having life juice taken out of you" then of course you're going to feel panicked. I see it more as donating the excess of something I have in abundance to provide for people who don't have enough (just like any form of charity).
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« Reply #73 on: 16 Jan 2013, 06:11 »

I wish I could get excited about that sort of thing. I don't think of it as anything being taken from me, but the needle hurts and it terrifies me every time. It's also really difficult to find a vein on me, no matter how hydrated I am. Turns out if you have to stab me three times, I pass out. And when I pass out, I wet myself. And so it's a very embarrassing and scary situation for me.

I was scared about my two tattoos, but I knew that I could ask her to stop at any time with no consequences. I also was definitely more excited.
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« Reply #74 on: 16 Jan 2013, 06:14 »

Needles that draw blood are completely different from tattoo needles.

Yes, quite. I'd actually rather get a tattoo than a piercing...at least the tattoo needle isn't going to come out the other side of my arm. >_<
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« Reply #75 on: 16 Jan 2013, 06:37 »

Well piercing needles are completely different as well. I have 9 piercings right now, plus one that had to be retired. I got all these from age 16 on up. I was plenty scared - anxiety does that to you - but I still could handle a piercing needle better than getting blood drawn. I didn't allow any needles near my veins until I was forced to give blood when I got really sick and went to the hospital.
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« Reply #76 on: 16 Jan 2013, 07:06 »

Bluesummers, if the needle they use to take blood from your arm comes out the other side then they are doing it badly wrong...
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« Reply #77 on: 16 Jan 2013, 07:20 »

I have been stabbed through the hand in a medical procedure once ... okay, granted, the needle didn't come out at the other end, but not by much.
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« Reply #78 on: 16 Jan 2013, 07:25 »

What was the medical procedure? Are you sure it wasn't actually some kind of torture?
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« Reply #79 on: 16 Jan 2013, 09:10 »

I get excited about donating blood - it feels like an important and useful thing to do, and I have felt so guilty for the last two years about not being able to that finally having managed to give a full donation was a great feeling! If you think about it as "having life juice taken out of you" then of course you're going to feel panicked. I see it more as donating the excess of something I have in abundance to provide for people who don't have enough (just like any form of charity).

I think it's less about "life juice" and more about the idea of anything medical in general. Needles, doctors, the crinkly paper you sit on after you've seen the nurse and are waiting for the doctor.....it all makes me start to sweat. Occasionally I'll get hives but not always. It's a hurdle that I'd really like to get over but I'm thankful that it's not as bad as it used to be. I'm always convinced that something will go terribly wrong because I overthink every lump, bump and mark. Then I convince myself that it's nothing and that I'm being ridiculous and then I don't say anything to the doctor so I don't look completely insane.


Re: Piercings- I can't handle that needle any better but it's less of a mental thing and more of a "holy shit this is going to hurt".
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« Reply #80 on: 16 Jan 2013, 09:41 »

I do understand that, and it's a perfectly valid reason to feel unable to give blood. I'm glad I don't have that reaction to doctors, but I do feel it about dentists so I understand. One thing that is nice about donating blood rather than having it taken for medical reasons is that you can only donate blood when you're healthy, so I never have the worry of "what will the tests show?" that I had when I had to have loads of blood tests (and the tests were... inconclusive. Helpfully).
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« Reply #81 on: 16 Jan 2013, 10:00 »

I started giving blood back in 1996 right after my mom died. She didn't die of anything a blood transfusion would've helped but after spending a few days in ICU it seemed like the right thing to do. That lasted a year or so when I received a letter from the Red Cross saying that the test they ran on my blood indicated something possibly wrong with my liver and that I should fo see a doctor NOW, oh and that they never ever want to see my blood again. My brother has a serious liver problem (I want to say it's cryptogenic hepatitis) and was actually on the list to get a transplant. His doctor wanted to make sure he was on the list in case things got bad quickly. Luckily it hasn't gotten worse over the years.

Anyway you can imagine that it freaked me out. I called my doctor and had more blood drawn. When the results came in my doctor was out of the office for a week and I was told they had the results but the doctor that was still there wanted my doctor to go over them with me. To this day I can't figure out how the stress didn't just kill me. So,  I finally get to talk to my doctor and he basically waved his hand and said basically that the Red Cross overreacts and that taking an aspirin before giving blood or just jogging could have caused the result. He saw nothing in my blood work that should worry me.

A few years later the Red Cross changed it's policy and I could give blood again. Sadly I haven't gotten back to donating regularly since it is never ever easy for me. My veins are apparently both deep and roll or something. When I do give the person trying to get to my vein invariably has to call over the senior person to give it a hot. My record at my doctor's office to just give a test tube full is six sticks. Three in one arm, two in the other, and one in the hand. Funnily enough that coudln't get it out of my hand although the vein was clearly visible. Apparently my blood likes me and doesn't want to leave. However I am O- and really really really need to start giving again. Perhaps I will.

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« Reply #82 on: 16 Jan 2013, 10:53 »

The Red Cross doesn't like me having lived in Albania. Hepatitis A & B outbreaks in the tapwater are fairly common there, and I was immunized against them before I went, but between that and possible tick-borne encephalitis, they really just don't wanna talk to me. It's bullshit. I bring my vaccination records and GINORMOUS FUCKING ARTERIES and they just don't care.
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« Reply #83 on: 16 Jan 2013, 11:25 »

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« Reply #84 on: 16 Jan 2013, 12:16 »


The FDA has a number of bullshit rules which prevent perfectly healthy people from donating and which don't account for equal risk factors in other groups.  I think it would be far better if the questions asked about unprotected sex (of any kind).  So as a woman, sex with a man does not disqualify me, but here are the questions I am asked:

Have you ever had sex with a man who had sex with a man since 1981?
Have you ever received sex or drugs in exchange for sex?
Have you ever given anyone sex or drugs in exchange for sex?

While those things may well put me at an increased risk of having a disease which is communicable by blood, they don't asses the risk very well.  If I were paid for sex 10 years ago, any potential problems would be obvious by now.  When they test my blood, it would be clear if I had caught anything or not.  On the other hand the questions don't ask me about new sex partners or unprotected sex.  If I had unprotected sex with a new partner two weeks ago, I am at risk of having contracted something, and not know it because not only would I not have symptoms, I might still be testing negative. 

My understanding about why the rules have not been changed wrt gay men, is that hemophiliac groups are still fighting against the change.  People with hemophilia need blood products regularly to survive.  When HIV was new, and we hadn't figured out where it came from or how to stop its spread, as many as half of hemophiliacs contracted it.  It is terrifying to think about what it must have been like to be a member of any of the high-risk groups at that time. The actual virus had not been identified, but people kept getting sick and dieing. Even when the CDC had narrowed the risk factors, there was nothing hemophiliacs could do to reduce their risk.  Gay men could abstain from sex, or use condoms.  Heroin users could get clean, or use clean needles. Hemophiliacs had to go, month after month, and be injected with clotting factors which might be infected.  Hemopheliacs who lived through that still lobby against allowing gay men to donate.  I think it is a combination of the still elevated risk a gay man has of contracting HIV, and a vague terror that it could happen again with some new disease.  I understand their position, but I don't think the FDA should have caved to them.
Some people actually protest these rules by refusing to give blood even if they are eligible, to take a stand, but  I could never do that.  Having blood products available to those who need them is too important to me.

When I was little my parents both gave blood regularly.  I grew up thinking it was a thing most people did: the red cross calls and tells you it is time to give again, and you make an appointment and go.  This is a thing adults do. 
I gave blood the first time right about a month after I was old enough to do it.  I only gave twice before they revealed my blood was (nearly) useless.  I am type AB+:

1. AB+ can take any other type of blood
2. AB+can only be given to other AB+ people
3. AB+ people are pretty rare

AB+ is the universal plasma type though, so for a while I gave plasma pretty regularly, and the apheresis machines were also set up to take platelets, and I have a high platelet count, so they took them too. 

Donating blood was something I was raised to think was a social obligation if you could do it.  My father is actually pretty scared of needles, though I didn't realize it until he was hospitalized when I was in high school and I watched him squeeze his eyes shut, and look away, the color draining from his face, as a nurse took a blood draw for testing, and that made me even more impressed that he had given blood regularly. 

Speaking of his  hospitalization, it is another reason why I think blood donation is important.  My father's life has been saved by blood products.   When I was in high school he received several units of whole blood to keep him alive while they figured out where he was bleeding from internally.  I asked my boyfriend at the time if he gave blood, or was an organ donor.  He told me no, because he didn't like the idea of a piece of him being inside of someone else. I told him he didn't seem to feel that way about his dick, and it was the beginning of the end for us.  Last year, when my father was in a coma with sepsis, the doctors used imunoglobulin to help him fight the infection.
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« Reply #85 on: 16 Jan 2013, 15:10 »

I related how I fainted when I first gave blood, at 17, but with a note from my dad.
The impulse came from an experience a couple of years earlier: My mom cut her hand slicing something at the kitchen sink. I applied a tourniquet, then promptly fainted, going down like a tree and leaving a dent in the pedestal that held up the kitchen table. So we both went to the hospital.
I thought I could get over the fear by giving blood. I guess I did, if I gave as much as I did.  ut I still close my eyes and look away every time a needle goes through my skin.
With one exception: My wife in one of her chemo series would experience a precipitous drop in white blood cell count after every infusion. She would come home from the hospital with 10 injections of neupogen to rebuild the WBC count. I was amazed that she could inject herself.
A couple of years later, I was told I needed Forteo, an injectable drug to combat osteoporosis. I did it with only occasional pain, for two years. It was easy. I think the ease transferred over to being easier with blood draws after that. Maybe the fat in my tummy helped too.
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Re: Do we have a New Year's Resolutions thread yet?
« Reply #86 on: 16 Jan 2013, 15:15 »

There was one dentist where I would faint when having an injection in the gum; after a while we found that I fainted before the needle touched me...  I never did it at any other dentist's, and I didn't dislike or fear the one where I did.  Very strange - maybe the chair was uncomfortable or something.
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« Reply #87 on: 16 Jan 2013, 15:36 »

I hate hate hate getting novocaine shots at the dentist, but with this new dentist I saw last month, I learned that the serious discomfort I used to have during fillings that gave me heebie-jeebies just thinking about it too long? That's not normal, that's what it feels like when you're not numb enough and can feel the freaking drill bit. So I still hate the shots, and need three or four vials, but it's a hell of a lot better than having your face numb for hours afterward and still feeling the drill.
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Re: Do we have a New Year's Resolutions thread yet?
« Reply #88 on: 16 Jan 2013, 17:06 »

I'm apparently better than I was w/r/t/ shots, especially dental shots - I used to get incredibly freaked out thinking about it, much less reading up on it.

I still don't think I'm ready to have one in my face, though I've managed to overcome my crippling generalised fear of needles - thanks EMDR!
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« Reply #89 on: 16 Jan 2013, 17:44 »

My dentist has a neat way of distracting from the needle. As I recall it (since it's a needle, I don't focus on the whole thing that much), he pulls on softer tissue, maybe my lip, wiggles it back and forth a little roughly, then inserts the  needle. It's like my first ever penicillin shot, following a root canel in 1948 or so, in my bottom: The dental surgeon spanked me twice, 1, 2, and inserted the needle on 3. I hardly felt it.
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« Reply #90 on: 16 Jan 2013, 18:41 »

I didn't have dental coverage for a few years so I just finally went last month and needed a ton of fillings (shocker) including in my front teeth, and the shot for that one went into the gum right above and left the tip of my nose numb for about four hours.
But now that it's all done my teeth/jaw/face/skull keep hurting, which they didn't do when I just had the cavities. I have to take Aleve two or three times a day, or else I wake up in the middle of the night from it. I'd go back but I'm not really sure what's the cause, if it's the fillings actually or just the fact that, y'know, I had like 18 fillings in three weeks.
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« Reply #91 on: 16 Jan 2013, 18:52 »

You should go back. My root canal as a child was in a tooth which had been worked on; the dentist had drilled a little too far. Your symptoms sound too general to be only a tooth, but you should have it checked.
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« Reply #92 on: 16 Jan 2013, 21:13 »

I can't give blood because I get a tattoo about once every 9 to 11 months. Also I'm afraid of needles [...]

So, how do you even get your tattoos done?

One I never look at the needle touching my skin. Two it doesn't so much go in and stay there as it hits a bunch of times really fast.
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Re: Do we have a New Year's Resolutions thread yet?
« Reply #93 on: 16 Jan 2013, 22:32 »

I'm impressed.

My dentist has never ever hurt me with an injection. And I have had tons. It always makes me wonder what people are talking about when they describe the pain from such an injection. And I wonder why not everyone goes to my dentist.
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« Reply #94 on: 17 Jan 2013, 03:43 »

I think it's not actually the needle so much as the drug. There's this burning sensation as it starts into your gums. One of my old dentists said it was because it's a different pH balance from the body.
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« Reply #95 on: 17 Jan 2013, 04:35 »

I can't watch the needle go in unless I'm in one of my very upswing moods where everything is fascinatingly interesting and I'm queen of the world (thankfully for my energy levels and the sanity of everyone around me, those aren't too common so they don't usually coincide with blood donations). But as Kat says, it's just too important to let discomfort put me off.

I do like the warmth of the blood going through the tube which is taped to my arm, though. Once the needle is in I can look at it and I like to watch the collection pouch swinging back and forth and filling up with blood. It's quite a nice colour, nothing like the stuff on TV.
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« Reply #96 on: 17 Jan 2013, 04:44 »

Haha. Reminds me of when my Doc told me she had to "puncture" my sinuses because of an infection. She didn't explain what that implied and just told me to come back in the morning.
I show up the next day and have to face basically being stabbed in the back of the inside of my nose with a giant hollow needle. It made an audible *crack* as it went through. "Hum hum, your septum is unusually thick", she said merrily, "most people don't even feel the needle going through". She then told me she didn't explain the procedure to me the day before lest I wouldn't show up for fear of it.
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« Reply #97 on: 17 Jan 2013, 05:07 »

My dentist puts a little topical anesthetic wherever he will be injecting anything, waits a couple minutes, and then does the injection while wiggling my lip. It still sucked, partially because that syringe was just terrifying, and then it had a giant needle, and I didn't want to be there in the first place. But I haven't gotten any dental work done before, so I don't know how bad it can be.

My dentist did make sure to tell me that most dentists don't do that - he wanted me to stop saying that something hurt. Even though it did and I needed another injection. -_-
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« Reply #98 on: 17 Jan 2013, 05:22 »

It made an audible *crack* as it went through. "Hum hum, your septum is unusually thick", she said merrily, "most people don't even feel the needle going through".

OH GOD....now I have to hold my nose in my hands the rest of the day.

My new years resolution is to NOT read things like this...involuntary cringing is not fun....
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« Reply #99 on: 17 Jan 2013, 05:34 »

Uhh, Iīm sorry. Thatīs how I felt the other day when I was eating and read the things about people's shaving habits :laugh:

Maybe I should have gone for the other doctor-story where someone stole my favourite scarf from the waiting room while I was seeing the doc. An empty waiting room, except for some old folks that had just left. And the staff were just like "meh, itīs gone, some old person took it, move on" and rolling their eyes while I was impotently shaking my fists in anger.
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