OMG Blood! ***faint***

So it appears that I have a second fainter on my hands. We’ve know for years about the oldest. He’s been a fainter since he was a toddler. He saw blood, and down he went. It got to the point that I could catch him as he fainted while not missing a beat in my phone conversation or supper prep. He tries not to do it anymore because he’s gotten way too big for me to catch him. So he won’t be a doctor.

Today the little one came running to me. “I’m bleeeeeeeeeding”. I was more concerned about the clamminess of his palms and his rapid breathing, than the tiny weeny little wound on his knee. I know all the signs for “hold me, I’m going to pass out” and he had all of them. I had him look me in the eye and breathe with me. One of his brothers brought the child some orange juice at my request, and once he had some colour back in his face I dressed his knee. He was so shaky. But he did not faint. He almost did – those eyes almost rolled.

He’s 9. He has never been like that before, with all his bumps and scrapes. What is it with these so called tough guys that the minute they see blood they wimp out?

When Squiggy broke his leg it hurt like heck but no fainting, even when he broke the same arm twice…, when he sliced his thumbs open (on different occasions…..this kid…..gotta love him) he was more curious than panicked. When I sliced my finger open my eldest brought me paper towels but was extremely careful not to look at anything that might have been red. He recently sliced his own finger open – and promptly fainted.

The 13 year old is so chill about it all that he wouldn’t panic, would just fix the problem, clean up the blood and go back to his iPod. When he came home years ago after being bashed in the head with a light saber (!) there was no panic.

They are going to have to get over this fear of blood. Seriously. Having kids = lots of blood. The amount of stitches this family has had cumulatively is a little scary, and some of those head wounds, wow do they bleed.

How do I toughen up these not-so-tough tough guys?

4 responses to “OMG Blood! ***faint***

  1. Apparently it’s an autonomic reaction in some people. They may have to marry women who can handle blood. 🙂

  2. Yes, it’s an actual physical malady called a vasovagal response. I suffer from it to some extent as well. Despite a very strong sense of control, and always attempting to control myself at such times, it is a physical reaction that often just occurs.

  3. Do you know any woman who can”t handle blood??

  4. Yep, it’s a vasovagal response or syncope. I have it, and to far more embarassing things than just blood (though blood as well). I have had luck with just trying to be aware of my body and learning to put my head down when the woozy starts. Apparently hypnosis can help a lot.

    Please let your kiddos know it does NOT make them a wuss and teach them the right terminology. It’s hard to be a fainter in a world that thinks only corsetted Victorians faint! My own family thinks I am just ‘dramatic’. LOL

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