by Carmen

I am 18, and I had no idea what aichmophobia was at first. I didn't even know I had a phobia. I used to hate getting shots when I was younger just as any other kid. I almost hit the nurse a few times, but she wasn't really nice to begin with anyway. I would cry and then fall asleep later. That was how it was until I turned 16. I went to the doctor's office to get a check up, and I was told that I was going to have my cholesterol checked. I knew the only way to do that was to draw blood from the arm. When the time came for the nurse to inset the needle into my arm I began to panic. I was dizzy, sweaty, and I felt sick to my stomach. They told me to look away, and I did look away while I bit down hard on towel, but it just wasn't working for me. It was so bad that they took out the needle and pricked my finger instead. Ever since that day I react this way whenever I get a shot. My mom and family told me to just get over it, but I tried and it's not working. The doctor said I just have anxiety over needles, and that it was understandable. This sucks so bad. I want to be a doctor, and I can't get over my fear of needles. I need help.

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