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Anyone else have this problem?

Discussion in 'General Survival and Preparedness' started by survivalmonkey360, Feb 15, 2010.

  1. I don’t do to well when I see blood especially my own, I start getting ringing in my ears and I start feeling faint.

    This could definitely be a handicap in a survival situation.

    Anyone else here have this problem and have you been able to improve it?
  2. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    Might want to check your blood pressure. You may also suffer from anxiety for whatever reasons.

    I cannot suggest anything (medical) since I am not a doctor, but as long as you do not pop too many pills to begin with and as long as you have a decent diet and exercise, then the rest is not as hard as you might think. If this is all a condition (mental) and not brought on by a physical abnormality, then I am sorry to say that you are going to have to find the answers on your own. I can suggest meditation and aromatherapy, along with a steady exercise regimen to help your psyche, and you may decide to boost your immune system with antioxidants and natural foods, too. Try to stay away from refined sugars and man-made chemical additives and preservatives like sugar substitutes and MSG.

    Natural is the very best way to return your body to equilibrium.
  3. My guess is it’s mental,
    So far the only thing I can think of is exposure to blood and geting acclimated to it, exposing myself a bit at a time to it.
  4. kckndrgn

    kckndrgn Moderator Moderator Founding Member

    um, yep, same here. Well, it not like if I get a scratch with a little blood, but generally when something happens that causes me to get an adrenaline dump.

    For example. When I was changing the transmission filter on my truck, one of the bolts had broken off and I was attempting to get it out. I had the extraction bit secured in (or so I thought) and was steadily applying pressure. "BAM" the bit broke free and my knuckles when flying across the new filter that is stamped sheet metal. I KNEW w/o looking it would be bad. The tip of my ring finger was sliced open along with the skin just behind the fingernail on my middle finger (how that combination happened I don't know).
    I immeditately applied pressure and went into the house to get the wife and we started to irrigate the wounds (as my hands had transmission oil, cutting oil, engine oil, grease, etc) all over them. We "opened" both cuts, cleaned them out and applied pressure to get the bleeding to stop.
    While waiting, and starting to calm down, I got dizzy, nauseous, and light headed. So did she. After a few moments, a cool glass of water, we applied dressing to the the wounds and I went out and finished working on the truck.

    The next day I saw my doc, and wanted him to verify all would be OK, he looked at the wounds, asked how I did it, how it was treated and said "good job, don't do that again". I asked about the light headedness and dizzyness, he confirmed it was the after effect of adrenaline.

    So my guess it, the more you are exposed to it, the better you will be. I just don't like having to injure myself to be exposed to it.

    BTW, when I sliced my knee open with a hatchet (long story), I did not have an adrenaline rush and I was "playing" with the wound while waiting for the Dr. to stitch me up (I would squeeze the sides of the wound together and the "meat" would pop out, grossed out the wife :) )
  5. dragonfly

    dragonfly Monkey+++

    I only get ill when it's one of my kids....Usually it's around needles, as they were prone to accidents and always had to have stitches!
    I don't mind watching suturing, even on myself, it's those doggone needles that get to me....
    Blood nah, not a problem!
    Now you take one of those "epidural" needles that they use for pregnant women, to perform a "pain/cervical block" procedure, and I'm on da floor buddy!
  6. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    Yup. Like these guys said, adrenalin is a factor, but if you get the same problem with only a minor scrape or around blood that is not your own, then it is entirely your own mental perceptions.
  7. Tracy

    Tracy Insatiably Curious Moderator Founding Member

    Deep breath. Focus (hard) on something (something else, of course).

    I get that (I don't call it ringing, mine is more like a hearing decrease) when under extreme stress (injury) or unbearable pain. I use it as a warning to what's coming (usually at mach speed) and re-arrange my thought/pain management process.

    Always know that you are in control of yourself. Get your mind and body to believe that and you'll be okay. :)
  8. CRC

    CRC Survivor of Tidal Waves | RIP 7-24-2015 Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    wTs....Breathing through it works well...They "taught" us that in Nursing School...Actually got us to take yoga at one point to learn proper breathing techniques...(The Dean at the College of Allied Health Sciences was pretty progressive for the 70's...Ahead of her time...
    Blood doesn't bother me....Surgery doesn't bother me...When I had to pick where I wanted to work? It was easier to rule out the 2 I knew I DIDN'T want....I just told them, "I don't do bones, and I don't do eyes"....lol!

    Needles in the eye really really REALLY bothered me then, and still do today...I am fairly confident in a SHTF situation, I'd rise to the occasion and do what needs to be done....Here's hoping it doesn't come to that...
  9. Andy the Aussie

    Andy the Aussie Monkey+++ Founding Member

    My blood or that of strangers does not bother me (and I have seen plenty). I felt sick to my core when I saw Mrs Andy bleeding from a minor injury, it did not have an effect on my functioning but was purely an emotional response. I have seen lots of "big strong me" who can't stand the sight of blood. I found autopsies to be more than just a little unsettling, it is way to clinical for my liking and you have too much time to think about what you are seeing. My experience has always been that they are not nearly as neat or careful as is depicted on TV ... ;)
  10. dragonfly

    dragonfly Monkey+++

    I took some "forensic" classes...that nearly did me in, and there was very little blood. Can't handle some things.....
  11. TnAndy

    TnAndy Senior Member Founding Member

    Gashed my hand pretty good one day handling some glass that broke. Cut a "pumper" ( artery ), so I put the thumb of my left hand over the cut on the right hand.....you couldn't even tell it was cut. So wife drives me to the ER because I already know stitches are involved....the ER nurse looks at me when I said I cut an artery and am gonna need a few stitches like "WTF do you know....lemme see it".....so I hold out both hands toward her, remove the thumb, and immediately a spurt of blood LEAPS out on her nice white uniform....ahahahaaaaaa.....and I say "Would you concur with my diagnosis ? " She turns pale, and runs to find a doc.....it was a hoot !
  12. Seacowboys

    Seacowboys Senior Member Founding Member

    I hate seeing my own blood because it usually is associated with a mistake of some sort, other than that and the associated pain and healing, never has bothered me.
  13. Capt.Reynolds

    Capt.Reynolds Ya...NO WAIT!!!!

    I have been concerned about what I will do for those injuries that are more than just stitches. When things form the inside are now on the outside, I don't know if i could put those parts back in. I know I can do an IV, though.
  14. mikemarlow

    mikemarlow Monkey+

    If you really want to get over it, go work in an ER. That'll cure you pretty quickly. I have never been very squeemish, but since I got into health care, there really isn't much that bothers me anymore. I have seen a doc crack a chest, & watched a quadruple bypass, car accident trauma victims, gunshot wounds, stabbings, lots of deep lacerations, fire victims, overdoses. I've been bled on, puked on, spit on...worked many many codes, and helped save some. Watched a lot of adults die, and a few kids. I've had to go unhook patients from ventilators so they could die. You get numb to it all after awhile.
  15. Sherman

    Sherman Dog Eat Dog

    Never has bothered me much. I worked in a slaughter house as a young man, ankle deep in the red gooey stuff.

    If you want to get some attention in the ER try vomiting blood, they'll get you right in ;)
  16. MinTX

    MinTX lostinaustin

    As CRC said, breathing control is the best way to defeat it.
    I worked in a cadaver lab and was absolutely fascinated with the inner workings of the human body. I also worked in wound care in an acute setting for about 8 years, so it really does not bother me, except for when dealing with children. An adult generally understands that what you are doing is helping them in the long run, regardless of the pain.
    Kids... not so much.
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