As I write this post, I'm waiting for my last draw of blood for today's lab test. Beside me is a little girl around the age of 5, waiting for her turn. She is very scared and her mom is lying to her that there will be no injections.
This scene made me think.
How do we deal with pain?
Personally, I acknowledge the arrival of a painful situation but I just look away at the very moment it happens.
For instance, during my wisdom tooth extraction, I brought my eye mask and my iPod filled with Disney songs.
When they take my blood, I look away as the needle penetrates my skin.
If anyone causes me stress or pain, I shut them out from my life.
In fact, when I ride a roller coaster, I also cover my ears and close my eyes!
I believe that seeing and hearing heightens the impact of pain. So I lessen the senses involve.
More often than not, pain is all in the mind. It's the mental anticipation of pain that's more painful than the physical aspect of it.
I'm not the type who would slash my wrist to physically feel my emotional pain. I once knew someone who did that. I never quite understood it.
I do mentally condition myself that I will survive the pain. But, part of that mental conditioning is telling myself that the pain, however unbearable, will end.
So the little girl,whose mom lied about no injections, is now crying to the top of her lungs as she enters the lab.
I wonder what would've been a better approach. Lie about the injection or Be truthful about it and establish a reward system?
How about you...how do you deal with pain?