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How to Stop Fearing Needles

What if you had to go through your entire life getting stuck with one, two, sometimes four needles in one day?

This is exactly what I’ve gone through since the age of three.

Of course it sucks.

Of course, I hate it.

The problem is, there’s no way for me to avoid getting needle sticks.

So, I go to my doctor appointments, practice the self-hypnosis that I taught myself as a teenager, and hope for a good nurse who doesn’t mistake me for a voodoo doll.

Knowing that there’s no escape and that I will probably always have to get stuck with needles for the rest of my life makes me pretty flipping angry.

This week’s video teaches you why it’s okay to be angry at your illness.

You’ll also learn how to get rid of that anger, so it doesn’t make you sick.

Needles Suck

Here’s proof that holding your in anger causes illness:

Researchers at the University of Valencia conducted a study on how anger impacts the body.

Results showed that anger had not only a negative effect on participants’ minds and psychological well being, but also an effect on their heart rate, arteries and hormone production. (reference: http://goo.gl/wnDSW)

So, watch my video and learn how to let go of that anger!

 
If you know someone who’s angry at their illness, share this article with them. Please also leave a comment if you know what I’m talking about!

Release that anger,
Josephine

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Josephine Bila

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I’m Josephine Bila, LMSW, a licensed social worker for you — the health seeker who craves an energized body, strong relationships, and the willpower to overcome any obstacle.

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  1. BettyCorona

    Ah, yes. Needles suck. When I first started to give myself daily injections I remember saying to Frank, “I do NOT want to do this for the rest of my life. This sucks.” Realizing that I probably will have to do this for the rest of my life forced me to have to change my thinking. Each night when I give myself my shot, I try to be thankful. Yes, it hurts getting a shot and the medicine I use sometimes causes swelling and pain like a hornet’s sting. It SUCKS. But, what is the alternative????? So….I say, “Thank God I have this medicine to take that will hopefully continue to do it’s job and work for my body’s benefit.” Going to the hospital to get infusions sucks, too. (I’ve only had to do that a few times, thankfully) but I walk down the hall and say, “Thank God I can walk down the hall!” And, “Thank God there is medicine to help me!” It is not fun having an illness and it is not fun taking medicine sometimes. I try not to dwell on the negative or I would go crazy…Love you, Jo. Keep up the good work. And, that’s one BIG needle you’ve got.

    1. JosephineBila

      BettyCorona Love you too… thank you for sharing this.  Comments help other readers, too.  And, exactly… medicine hurts, but it helps.  Just have to do it!  xoox

    2. jennanlovell

      Betty – this has always been my view, even with ‘normal’ needles like the childhood schedule and the ones you got at school. Whatever is in this needle is making me healthier or saving my life, so the momentary discomfort is worth it.
      I also have an inherited bleeding disorder, thoug mine is a factor deficiency, so a bit different to you Josephine (and mine is more mild too), but self-injections are a part of my treatment too. On a conscious level, one thing that has made me grateful for self administration was reading “April Fools Day” which was written by a compatriot about his son’s experiences with severe haemophilia and AIDS. When his son was young, in the 60s and 70s it was illegal in Australia for non-medical professionals to wield needles, so people with the need for frequent infusions had to go to the hospital for them (this was also pre-prophylaxis ).
      Having said that, I apparently still have an unconscious fear and maybe some frustration as it fuels a pretty full on reaction to my medication. I’d love a post on your meditation techniques Josephine, or any recommendations for sites, books or techniques that have helped you with infusions.
      Jenna.

      1. JosephineBila

        jennanlovell Thank you so much for the comment, Jenna!  I will create a post about this for you.  I like the idea a lot!

  2. bopbopdedoup

    This morning my kids went in for Labs and my 14 year old son left just angery. Angery that he had to be there, angery at thalassemia, angery at me, angery that the blood wouldn’t rub off his hand before he walked into school. I want so much to reach out and hold him and tell him it will be ok, but he pushes me away and I know he needs to find his place of peace I wish I knew how to support him better.

    1. JosephineBila

      bopbopdedoup are there other patients with thalassemia in his clinic?  Show him my video.  Validate his feelings.  Tell him it is infuriating to experience these things and teach him to get it out in productive ways.  Like exercise or punching a pillow.  The worst thing that happens is kids turn that anger into self hate and then they establish self worth problems.  He associates you with his pain, because you’re the one there with him in the hospital.  If there’s someone else you know who he listens to, I’d get that person to say these things to him.  Don’t think that it’s you.  It’s not.  It’s really just a terribly confusing state — experiencing pain to live.  Watching everyone else have normal lives and not have to think about it.  Validating feelings is really essential.

  3. MohamedElMissiry

    what a horrible experience! needle sucks..what also sucks is leak of fluid out of the skin!

    1. JosephineBila

      MohamedElMissiry OMG I know!! That is really the WORST!!!!!!!

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