help! i got sick watching a shot! - page 3

Hello wonderful people. Scary news - last night my boyfriend cut his thumb open in like 4 places. We went to urgent care and they were giving him "lydacane?" to numb it before stiches. Well im holding his good hand, and... Read More

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    Don't worry. I did the same thing. When I was in High School, we had a career day where we went and followed professionals for a day. I followed a nurse and almost passed out while she was giving a shot. There was no blood involved or anything. I all of a sudden just got lightheaded and nauseated. Thought that was the end of nursing for me. Once I got into nursing school and started giving shots I have never had a problem. Come near me with a needle that is another story though.


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    I did a surgical rotation as a nsg student, and of all the surgeries I watched the one that came closest to doing me in was a closed reduction of a wrist fracture. They didn't even open the woman, but when they re-broke the wrist... that wet snapping sound and the doc just bending it until it snapped... I always thought there was some nice, clinical way of rebreaking bones. Nope, just an axillary block and heave away until it snaps! Yuck. My head swam, I took few deep breaths and made a joke "What do you do when the student faints?" They ALL yelled in unison "Don't do it in the sterile field!" and we all laughed and that was the end of it.

    Now as an RN there is almost nothing that can sicken me. The one holdover from even before nsg school though, is teeth.
    If I can avoid cleaning or having anything to do with dentures, I will. If I absolutely can't avoid it, I use the toilet or second sink for gagging while I brush over the sink. Thank heavens for PSW's!!! (When I was pregnant I even puked brushing my own teeth, and not gag reflex, but the sight of drool and toothpaste just had me heaving from my toes! And forget being in the room when somebody else is brushing!)

    Whiny I know.

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    Ok; I'm feeling a little better now. I was looking for a post on this exact topic. I have a very hard time with puke and I almost passed out watching my husband get his eye-brow pierced. I keep telling myself, if I become a nurse, I'll get over it; it'll be so routine that it won't phase be. But what about in the beginning? Well, at least I know if I pass out or gag, I won't be the first nursing student to deal with something like this! Thanks!

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