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getting over blood

collegeconf17collegeconf17 Registered User Posts: 35 Junior Member
edited July 2007 in Careers in Medicine
so im interested in medicine and im not scared of blood or anything but i am not able to watch surgery nor handle blood and i was wondering how i could get over this ? Attitude wise i am totally fine with blood/surgery and stuff but for some reason when i see it my body acts up and i feel like im gonna pass out

do i just need to be around it more?

Watch videos of it maybe?

the only problem now is im afraid i will passout..lol but i really really want to get over this it seems so silly to me but it seems it would make a career in medicine impossible

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Replies to: getting over blood

  • BiyankaBiyanka Registered User Posts: 85 Junior Member
    Well...its definitely something you have to get over. Many medical students pass out when they see their first surgery. You might just have to be around it more. Its better to pass out watching a video of a surgery at home than actually be in a surgery room and pass out.
  • bavisadaybavisaday Registered User Posts: 8 New Member
    I have pretty much the same thing, except I actually faint. I always faint when I get my blood taken and a few weeks ago I fainted in Anatomy class when watching an educational video about a ruptured spleen! (I fainted at the surgery part). I looked up my symptoms online, and found that I have something called vaso-vagal syncope- common cause for fainting. The fainting gets really annoying, especially since I wanted to be a vet and I got a concussion after hitting my head on the table during Anatomy. Any suggestions on how to overcome?
  • kunnel_25kunnel_25 Registered User Posts: 80 Junior Member
    yeah probably. I volunteer at a local hospital and just today i fainted or "passed out" because the local pathologist was showing me and my other fellow volunteers some womens placenta (sp?) and umbilical cord. It was gross and smelled horrible and i passed out right then and their and hit my head on a ladder... worst experience ever. but i am the same- i dont care about blood or surgeries but when i get near and physically see it my body acts like its light headed, my feet hurts, etc. and i get anxious. i think its part of the normal human being physicologically.
  • kollegkidkollegkid Registered User Posts: 1,007 Senior Member
    I have vaso-vagal syncope, too. My dad had it when he was my age but he overcame it with more experiences.
  • MstrLinksMstrLinks Registered User Posts: 206 Junior Member
    Watch Discovery health channel if you have it. Also try volunteering at a hospital.
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