Some years ago I had a burst blood vessel just above the Fovea (not pleasant), so I was sent to the local Eye Hospital. They said we need a photograph so we need to inject a dye, got to the right room, and the technician just sat and waited, I asked why as I was nervous about needles, and was told there had to be a medic present in case of anaphylactic shock, which really didn't help my nerves! All past uneventfully. The 'funny' part was peeing bright yellow/orange for quite a few hours - though they did warn me about that.For the last 25 years of my career I worked for a retinal specialist. Among other stuff one test I did was called Fluorescein Angiography. In this test a fluorescent dye is injected into the arm, it lights up in the back of the eye & pictures are taken. Fortunately for all concerned I did not give the shots, an RN did. Because of frequent exposure to that situation my fear & apprehension about needles & shots was greatly reduced. I had the chance to see how good & pretty much pain free that can be. And many patients demonstrated such a good example of , hey, no big deal.
It doesn't go that way for everyone. In all those years I never had a female faint or freak out. If it happened it was usually some manly man, 30's> 40's that had very little experience with injections. I had an ex-Navy Seal konk out on me. I've had tough guys get the chills & light headed. I even had a younger cardiologist go vaso-vagal on me. He laid on the floor at least 20 mins trying to recover.
Haha. New patient walking by sees him.
New Patient: "what's the matter with him?"
Nurse: " Oh he's ok. He's just having some pictures taken."
NP: "Ohh. Ohh. I hope I don't need those pictures."
So white coat stress/ needle apprehension can happen to anyone. Best part is when it's over, which usually pretty darn quick.