Doing the Thing You Don’t Want to Do

So life is not always rainbows and glitter here at Candles and Cocktails. I have a bad day every now and then just like everyone else, and there are things I put off to avoid doing. Last November, I was told by my doctor that I needed to take a particular type of blood test. Like most people, I am not a big fan of needles or doctor’s offices, but I knew this test was important. Just as I prepare for most things in life, I went to Google. According to multiple, reliable internet sources, the test would take approximately four hours and require giving blood four separate times. That meant four separate needle pricks. I was in no hurry to take this test, which led to a month of procrastinating and moving this to do item from week-to-week.

As you can imagine, with the holidays and gift gifting preparations, I didn’t have a block of four hours to commit to this particular test (and a great excuse). So a few weeks ago, I went to a spa with some wonderful women and I told myself that I could enjoy that weekend of relaxation, but that I would also have to plan a day to clear my calendar and go take this blood test.

Today was the day I had scheduled take this test. I had to fast for 12-hours and go alone. I had to pep myself up to make this a more positive experience. I put on my favorite, comfy Juicy Couture track pants and a cute long-sleeved t-shirt that I could easily roll up and drove early to the lab. I was in luck as it was not too busy and they took me within 20 minutes of arriving. When I sat in the chair ready to give blood the first time, the nurse told me this would only take 2 hours! Only two hours and yet I had prepared for four solid hours at the doctor’s office. Score. This was excellent news especially on a busy Monday. The nurse also said I would only have to have my blood taken twice, not four times. That meant only one needle in each arm, not repeated pricks in an already tender arm.

I was in such good spirits after realizing that my expectations and research were much scarier than the actual test. I had overanalyzed and made the situation seem much worse in my head.  The test was much faster and not nearly as bad as I had anticipated. I am glad I got this over with today because I can one cross-it-off my January to do list and not worry one more minute about a blood test.

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