How can I stop fainting around blood?
April 6, 2009 6:29 AM Subscribe
Help me overcome my queasiness and nausea around blood and guts.
posted by gwpcasey to Health & Fitness (20 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I used to be fine around blood, cuts and all sorts of yucky stuff (I was highly accident prone as a kid and had had about 20 stitches by the time I was 14, I would happily watch the doctor stitching away). However, starting about 12 or so years ago I began to get very queasy around blood, not just my own but other people's too. Just listening to friends describe certain procedures has made me extremely nauseous.
I can't give blood (I faint), anytime I have a serious cut (serious = requiring stitches) I tend to be fine until I look at it, start trying to clean it or (and this one kills me) just start thinking about it. Then I have to sit down or lie down until my head and tummy stop spinning. I'm not anaemic and I don't believe this is anything medical; I'm pretty sure it's all in my head.
Does anybody have any tricks for overcoming this? I'd prefer it if it didn't involve massive doses of exposure to cadavers, ambulances and the emergency ward at the hospital. I've got my first child on the way (yay) and don't want to be completely useless if/when she has a serious accident.