Am I the only weirdo, or is anyone else in the world like me?

Okay, I've always been squeamish about blood. As a kid I would faint if I bled or anyone else did, or if I was given a shot. As I got older it got bad enough that I couldn't watch movies with people bleeding. Now I'm so bad I can hardly read books with bleeding in them, hear people talk about transplants, surgeries, catheters or any other medical procedure without nearly passing out or completely fainting. I get all light headed and I have no idea why. Does anyone else get like this? And why in the heck would it be getting worse as I get older?

Last edited by Amandacurls; 03-09-2009 at 08:15 AM. Reason: misspelled squeamish
Honestly, that sounds like a phobia that's progressing. A lot of people get squeamish about blood and insides, but yours seems very extreme.
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Oh, good, I thought I was the only one. I can see blood in movies as long as its not too much. I can see blood on a tshirt, I guess. I don't like it but I can take it or force myself too. I can't watch them showing people taking drugs, or drawing blood from people etc. I get light headed whenever I need to do a blood test. I don't mind shots as long as they're on my arm (as in shoulder arm). If it's a blood test type of thing I get dizzy. Actually, I fainted before the last time. I opened my eyes and saw this garbage bag they use in hospitals in front of me, then some weird man's face. People were pulling me on the floor. I thought I was dreaming or being raped. Then they told me I fainted...

Then the last time they made me lie down on a bed so that I wouldn't faint. I didn't . But I'm still scared of blood tests.

I can't hear descriptions either. Even if they're not too graphic. I always worry about this because sometimes I'm afraid I'll be in a car accident, or become ill, or see someone in that way...and then I'll have to face it...
Okay, I've always been squeamish about blood. As a kid I would faint if I bled or anyone else did, or if I was given a shot. As I got older it got bad enough that I couldn't watch movies with people bleeding. Now I'm so bad I can hardly read books with bleeding in them, hear people talk about transplants, surgeries, catheters or any other medical procedure without nearly passing out or completely fainting. I get all light headed and I have no idea why. Does anyone else get like this? And why in the heck would it be getting worse as I get older?
Originally Posted by Amandacurls
I am terribly squeamish about blood in some cases. Shots don't bother me and I actually can give blood as long as I don't look at the bag or the needle or the lines (yes, I sit and read facing as far away from my arm as I can!).

But medical tv shows or movies ick me out in the extreme. And someone else's blood? Oh Lord. I'm about to pass out at just the thought of seeing someone bleed, especially if it's someone I care about.

So. I don't know if it's normal, but I'm about the same way you are. I just stay away from icky stuff like that. (Of course I do see pictures of blood and innards and stuff at work sometimes, which is difficult. I whip past 'em as fast as I can, and if someone is talking about it, I leave the room.)

My real squeamishness is the dentist, though. I pass out in dental chairs A LOT. Ugh.
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DH is like that. He can't watch or talk about anything involving blood or needles.

I, on the other hand, am unbothered by that, but can't watch meat being butchered on the Food Channel or Iron Chef. I felt light-headed watching the finale of Top Chef when Stefan cut off an aligator tail.
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Not blood, but needles. I used to faint if I needed to give blood or get a shot.

Got over that REAL quick when I got pregnant with #1. First thing they do is take about 5 vials of blood.

I still don't like to get needles, but it doesn't bother me near as much as it used to.
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Okay, I've always been squeamish about blood. As a kid I would faint if I bled or anyone else did, or if I was given a shot. As I got older it got bad enough that I couldn't watch movies with people bleeding. Now I'm so bad I can hardly read books with bleeding in them, hear people talk about transplants, surgeries, catheters or any other medical procedure without nearly passing out or completely fainting. I get all light headed and I have no idea why. Does anyone else get like this? And why in the heck would it be getting worse as I get older?
Originally Posted by Amandacurls
I am terribly squeamish about blood in some cases. Shots don't bother me and I actually can give blood as long as I don't look at the bag or the needle or the lines (yes, I sit and read facing as far away from my arm as I can!).

But medical tv shows or movies ick me out in the extreme. And someone else's blood? Oh Lord. I'm about to pass out at just the thought of seeing someone bleed, especially if it's someone I care about.

So. I don't know if it's normal, but I'm about the same way you are. I just stay away from icky stuff like that. (Of course I do see pictures of blood and innards and stuff at work sometimes, which is difficult. I whip past 'em as fast as I can, and if someone is talking about it, I leave the room.)

My real squeamishness is the dentist, though. I pass out in dental chairs A LOT. Ugh.
Originally Posted by PartyHair
CANNOT give blood and won't do it. My mom gave blood once and they did something wrong and she had this huge nasty bruise and I got all lightheaded when I saw it. What's crappy is people will start talking about "all this blood" or something and it gets me all weird and I tell them to stop and they just keep talking. Freaking annoying! If I say "shutup" SHUTUP!
I remember once in high school we had to do this hospital awareness field trip. So me and all my friends are there and they get us to all cluster around this operating table with a mannequin on it. While the nurse is explaining the procedure they would follow for this "heart attack victim" dummy, I could feel myself getting hotter and hotter and next thing I knew, I was lying on my very own stretcher with a glass of orange juice.

I'm the same with all the bleeding, blood, injections and all that gross stuff. In fact, I skipped over most of the replies because they were grossing me out.

But don't even get me started on eyeballs.. bleh.
I'm not scared of blood, or needles, but I'm afraid of donating blood. I would like to, but the idea of losing a lot of blood again really freaks me out. I know it's not a dangerous amount, but I don't trust my body to know that.
I'm getting lightheaded just reading this thread. Does that answer your question?

I can sort of get used to it when I have to undergo something medical the more I get stuck with needles, the better I handle it. But if it's been a few years, as it has right now, I go right back to being all jello-like in my legs and feeling dizzy. And no, I can't watch stuff on TV. I just watched The Office last night where they had the blood drive and I had to look away during a lot of it.

I did a lot of reading about this when I was facing surgery and a bunch of related procedures, prep blood draws, etc., in my mid-20s. It is a phobia, and it can progress to the point of you being effectively paralyzed, if you're not careful. The reaction is an anxiety/fight-flight reaction and it can be combatted by having a plan, involving controlled deep breathing, repeating a mantra, taking charge of the situation, etc. I actually wrote up little index cards to get me through a lot of it!

A couple years ago, I got my nose pierced I guess my need to rebel outweighed my phobia at that point and I really liked what the piercing dude did. He positioned the needle right above my nostril, then told me to breath in, then breath out when I wanted him to go ahead with it. That gave me control over the situation, and it also focused my attention on my breath. It worked really well, surprisingly well. When I have to have blood drawn or a shot next, I'm going to ask the person doing it to do that with me. Hopefully they'll be patient enough. Another thing I've done is ask for butterfly needles for blood draws, because they're much, much smaller, although it does take longer then.
I think this isn't all that uncommon.
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There is a name for this condition I think. Syncope? Where even the mention of blood causes your blood pressure to drop significantly and your heart sends the wrong message to your brain, resulting in fainting. Trust me its not weird!
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Okay, I've always been squeamish about blood. As a kid I would faint if I bled or anyone else did, or if I was given a shot. As I got older it got bad enough that I couldn't watch movies with people bleeding. Now I'm so bad I can hardly read books with bleeding in them, hear people talk about transplants, surgeries, catheters or any other medical procedure without nearly passing out or completely fainting. I get all light headed and I have no idea why. Does anyone else get like this? And why in the heck would it be getting worse as I get older?
Originally Posted by Amandacurls
If it makes you feel any better, I hate shots with a burning passion. I get scared out of my mind every time. So your not the only phobic here.
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I'm okay with blood and guts, but hate seeing injections or people being sliced open for surgery. I still get faint when I have to get a shot. It usually happens after the shot, I'll get really faint and black out. One time, I blacked out from getting my blood pressure taken. The nurse thought that was pretty unusual.

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at the risk of sounding like a total freak, i get the same way about condiments and foods that i dont like. if for some weird reason ketchup or something like that comes in contact with my skin, i want to vomit. even after i wash my hands, i can still feel it there all day. it makes me want to puke.
Blood and needles don't bother me a bit. We had a few blood/needle phobes in my nursing school class...can't for the life of me figure out why they would even enroll...but they got over it pretty quickly.

Spit and mucus have always grossed me out though. When I see someone spitting in public (and I see it often...gross people), I get the dry heaves from it. No amount of nursing school could get me over that.
Blood and needles don't bother me a bit. We had a few blood/needle phobes in my nursing school class...can't for the life of me figure out why they would even enroll...but they got over it pretty quickly.

Spit and mucus have always grossed me out though. When I see someone spitting in public (and I see it often...gross people), I get the dry heaves from it. No amount of nursing school could get me over that.
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Me, too. I also gag when someone blows their nose at the table during meals. Blood and needles have never bothered me.
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Ugh, I hate blood draws. I am afraid to donate blood because of it. I don't mind shots or needles, but the mere thought of my blood leaving my body wigs me out. I watched my son get his blood drawn no problem, maybe I had to be brave for him, I don't know. But when it comes to just myself, I simply cannot look.
Blood and needles don't bother me a bit. We had a few blood/needle phobes in my nursing school class...can't for the life of me figure out why they would even enroll...but they got over it pretty quickly.

Spit and mucus have always grossed me out though. When I see someone spitting in public (and I see it often...gross people), I get the dry heaves from it. No amount of nursing school could get me over that.
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
I am 100% with you! I had people scared to death of needles in my nursing class too! One lady dropped out our senior year because she kept fainting at clinicals.

Sputum.... ugghh... I hate it!

My hubby is a fainter when he sees blood, but yet can go hunting and all that goes with that doesn't bother him a bit, that has never made sense to me??!!
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