Facing My Fears and Overcoming Them

That’s going to be the theme for this week! And I’ll tell you why…

I have a lot of fears. Well, to me it’s a lot, but maybe the amount of fears I have is pretty normal. A few of them are: I’m afraid of spiders, needles and sharks.

shark

Photo by Pterantula.

They don’t really rule my life. But when I have to get blood tests done, needles might be a problem. And spiders? I sometimes find them in the toilet or on the ceiling on the bathroom when I’m showering.

Sharks? I don’t even know. It’s the reason I never go swimming…

The needle-problem already started last Friday when I had to go to the dentist because I had a cavity, and he had to fix that. Because he had to drill pretty deep, I needed a local anaesthesia. The assistant mentioned that they had an ointment that makes your skin (or gums in this case) feel numb so you don’t feel the needle. BEST. IDEA. EVER. I didn’t feel a thing!

Today at the hospital I had to get some blood tests done. I was waiting before it was my turn. Sweaty, shaky hands, and a tad neurotic. When it was my turn, I told the nurse that I was terrified of needles, and he reacted really friendly. That he completely understood it. He even said; ‘that’s good’. Tho, I’m not sure what he meant by that. Maybe he’s a bit sadistic?

Photo by Melissa Wiese.

Photo by Melissa Wiese.

Anyway, he promised me that he would get the needle into my vein at one go, would keep talking to me, and that I wouldn’t feel a thing, beside a little sting from the needle. I hoped for the best and actually went all: “Fuck it, let’s go for it”. If I can do it at the dentist, I can do it here. But this involved blood, and blood makes me feel weak in the knees and dizzy. So I decided not to watch.

It went really well. I did feel a bit of a sting, but it was over before I knew it. I was huffing and puffing, trying to focus on something else when he said: “I’m already done…”.

The only thing that I really, really hate is when they tie this band tightly around your arm so your veins almost pop out of your arm. Ugh.

One fear down, two more to go!

Photo by ALL CHROME.

Photo by ALL CHROME.

Upcoming Saturday there is going to be a little animal-event in my town. It’s going to be really small, and not really long. But you can see specific animals, buy things, watch things, and much more. Another thing that I understood is going to be there are spiders, and snakes. I’m not afraid of snaked, but I hope there are going to be tarantulas (they are fluffy), and that I can hold one. Hopefully that’s going to help me overcome my fear of snakes.

I can do this!

Featured image by Hugo A. Quintero G.

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