Under Your Skin
Pinpointing your fear of injections
By Jacqueline M. Duda
If it's not the fear of needles that gives you the willies, it might be the thought of sticking yourself several times each and every day. Or it could be the loss of control, the fear of side effects, or even the looming possibility that you might have to use insulin if your type 2 medication doesn't quite cut it. "No one enjoys shots," says Jan Drass, R.N., M.A., C.D.E. Diabetes Clinician at Frederick Memorial Healthcare System Wellness Center in Frederick, MD. It's like a mental game. Mainly because needles make you think of pain, and the thought of pain whips up the fear factor frenzy.
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I'm sitting waiting for a table at the cafe' for me and a friend who is running a bit late. Feeling a little off, I grab my test kit and poke my finger, getting a little blood droplet. "Does that hurt?" Asks the man sitting next to me. He's an older guy, with some pretty profound ear hair. I note the ear hair as I say "Sort of... I think I'm kind of used to it now. I've been doing it a long time." My sugar is a little elevated...