Posted by: Emily Schmutz Garcia | November 10, 2011

Getting Poked

Today I got poked. This is the second time this month-which actually is pretty good for me, in comparison to the last 7 months. Today was another blood test. On Nov. 1, I got the flu shot. Last month I got poked 5 times. The good news is, that over the past 7 months, I have begun to conquer my utter fear of needles.

I remember when my baby doctor mentioned that I had to get some blood work done. I was not excited. My first visit to Quest Diagnostics included two pokes in one morning. I had to fast, get poked, eat something, and then get poked one hour later. The first poke included filling up nearly ten tubes with my blood. The second poke had me completely freaked out. I brought my teddy bear and nearly squeezed the stuffing out of it. The phlebotomist asked what the poor teddy bear had ever done to me.

Luckily for me, my initial test results were such that I now needed to get poked every 6 weeks to 2 months during my pregnancy to check up on my under active thyroid, and also get some more tests to clarify an odd result of another test. So, getting poked twice in one morning really wasn’t the worst of my problems. Though, of all the blood tests, I think the second poke that morning was the scariest.

Over the months I have gradually become less petrified of the poking. I still refuse to look at the needle, but at least my entire body has stopped ceasing up in frightened anticipation. I am not looking forward to the iv that will go in when I go in for delivery-in fact, I am probably looking forward to that less than the actual birthing process pains. Still, all these things shall be for my experience and for my good. Happy, happy, joy, joy!

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