Actually I was hoping to find some coping methods, and I found the following:
- laughing gas (that might work, but I don't think the nurse will give me that if I just ask)
- desensitization MIGHT work, but probably not
- something called applied tension, which has to do with taking in a deep breath and tensing most of your muscles, with the idea of getting blood to your brain
- lying down and pulling your knees up to your chest (will look ridiculous, but might as well try it) - it's actually possible if you are sitting up and your blood pressure drops, for your brain to lose all its oxygen and kill you. (I know, extreme)
- any methods like meditation meant to relax you are contraindicated, because you're actually trying to keep your blood pressure UP, not down.
I also read that 80% of people with aversions such as mine have a close relative with the same-- maybe genetic. I don't think anyone in my family has it this bad though.
I know, I know, practically everyone dislikes needles, but do they try to pass out every time they have blood drawn, and have to have the nurses paged? Just thinking about it puts me on edge.