February 2, 2004 in Health

Performance Anxiety

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This is probably more information that you my readers need to know, but what the hell, I’m in the mood for sharing. Basically, every time I go to the doctor for a physical (thankfully only once a year), I get performance anxiety. Despite drinking bottles of water, I have a hard time peeing in the cup. Then to make matters worse, the nurses have a hard time finding veins to draw blood. Thankfully, I only got poked twice today — but this portion of the visit took over an hour and two different nurses. God help me if I ever really have to go into a hospital. The whole ordeal was so tramatic that I almost fainted. Of course, it didn’t help matters that I hadn’t eaten in over 15 hours. They make you fast for 12 hours prior to the exam and 1 hour exam took 3 with all the drama. Thus, I had to sit there and gather myself. Oh well! And to think I use to dread the pap smear portion of the exam. That is now the easy part. Sure it’s uncomfortable as hell but it’s easier than having blood drawn. Goodness! The things we women have to go through. On a positive note, my doctor has given me a clean bill of health.


  1. February 3, 2004 at 9:11 am


    I’ve always had a fear that I would overfill the cup.

  2. February 2, 2004 at 11:57 pm


    man, they poke me like a pinata til i get to blessing them out. one time they were going for my neck. i was like awwww heyll naw. i started tapping on my own arm like a profession heroin addict.
    i hate exams too. they’re all too much for me. i’ve never been told to fast though.

  3. February 2, 2004 at 11:24 pm


    Having my blood drawn always makes me nervous unless I’ve had it drawn by that person before and it didn’t hurt. Some blood-drawers (are they called hematologists) are better than others, actually the ones whose main job is to draw blood are the absolute best, but the nurses I’ve had draw my blood have both been very bad at it. The first got my vein okay (and my vein is like POW right in your face), but for some reason my blood came out very slowly , the second nurse I had got the biggest needle I have ever seen (OUCH!) and attempted to draw blood from me and completely missed my vein and once she did get my vein, nothing came out.

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