I have a 13-year old son who goes into a complete panic attack if a doctor or nurse tries to draw blood from him. Background: when he was about 8 years old, the doctor suspected a thyroid problem and needed to draw blood. He was fine with the procedure and then approximately 15 minutes after the blood draw he was on the floor, white, cold, sweating, and very dizzy. Ever since then he REFUSES to let anyone near him with a needle to draw any blood. We've talked with him and tried to reassure him nothing works! At 13 he is able to understand the importance of certain medical tests - but it still doesn't help.At his physical this year, the doctor noticed petechiae on his legs and wanted to get a platelet count. FOUR big nurses tried to hold him down and they couldn't do it! They had even explained to him previously that is what they would do if he didn't comply. He's 5'9" and very strong. After about 1 hour, one of the nurses convinced him to let her get some "drops" of blood from his finger, but of course this is not an ideal method for obtaining blood for a platelet count. Fortunately, the pediatrician felt that the platelet count came back fine. The petechiae have gone away and no one is sure why he had them. What are your thoughts on a child this old being so terrified of this procedure? He just flat out refuses to let it be done. Of course if an adult refuses a medical procedure, then doctors and nurses have to respect that wish - but this is a child (even though he is bigger and stronger than me!). I'm afraid that if he ever got really sick - they would have to admit him to the hospital and put him under just to get his blood!