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Re: [IPk] 37 year old male scared of needles????????

I have never seen an insertion set, but they sound enormous.  Why are they 
so big?



>From: Pat Reynolds <email @ redacted>
>Reply-To: email @ redacted
>To: email @ redacted
>Subject: Re: [IPk] 37 year old male scared of needles????????
>Date: Sun, 13 Jan 2002 09:30:18 +0000
>In message <email @ redacted>,
>email @ redacted writes
> >Is there anyone out there who felt the same at first?  How did you get on 
>in the
> >end?
>I felt rather odd the first time.  My nurse made me play with putting in
>a silhoutte/tender and a sof-set into a lump of body-like plastic.  I
>found the silhouette awquard to put in, the two times I've tried it in
>me since it has been agony, and the second time I had such a strong
>allergic reaction that a line of broken skin appeared down the needle in
>Putting the soft-set in, I use the whanger.  I know what you mean by
>'not knowing' what's going to happen.  It's not like pushing a needle
>in, where you can stop halfway and go back!
>I suggest you try on an orange first (hold a tangerine on your stomach,
>so you get the sensation of the thing coming down.
>Then try on you.  The most painful part, by the way, is withdrawing the
>insertion needle - sometimes I seem to push down a little as I pull it
>out, and this can make the tip touch a nerve I hadn't touched before -
>the pain is just like a syringe needle touching a nerve, and since you
>are pulling out the needle at this point, it stops very quickly.
> >
> >Yes, I know the saying "Don't be a wimp and stick it in" but I need to 
> >something a little more constructive.
>Well, if push comes to shove, there is always deep breathing (in through
>nose, out through mouth), self-hypnosis, positive visioning (see the
>positive outcome), and self-bribery ('until I do this I'm never going to
>drink again / if I do this I'm going to book myself on Concorde for a
>weekend in New York').
>Best wishes,
>dm 30+, 508 9months+, a big wimp, so knows lots of ways of persuading
>herself to do stuff!
>Pat Reynolds
>email @ redacted
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