So, there I was lying on the hospital table waiting for the fluoroscope to start up and the doctor to appear to give me an injection. With a very long needle. One the size of the Empire State Building. And of course, the first words out of his mouth are “well, this shouldn’t hurt very much” and my heart sinks. Because between you and me, I have a long history with that phrase (as I am sure most of you do as well) and it isn’t a good one.
I can remember various dentist offices and dentists themselves saying that just before annihilating my mouth in a frenzy of drills and numbing injections that never seemed to work. I remember vaccines and pops of cotton that, yes indeedy, hurt, even though the doctors swore up and down they wouldn’t.
And then there were the injections I received for rabies (8 of them at the time) that alternated sites, left, cheek, right cheek (not the face mind you), left arm, right arm, stomach…well you get the drift. Oh the perils of being a park naturalist. There have been ones for the flu, tetanus, and during anaphylactic shock, epinephrine. I have had ones for antibiotics and ones for steroids. Lots and lots of shots over time and always with the same result. Shot then pain.
And you know what? Each time, the doctor assured me it shouldn’t hurt very much. And each time it most certainly did.
Now I don’t have a problem with needles themselves. I even adore certain needles, like my mahogany knitting needles or knitting needles of any type. I also think the drag queen Sharon Needles is pretty darn awesome. I even have a certain fondness for sewing needles even though I am hardly proficient with them. They have repaired many a beloved teddy or tiger and for that I am grateful.
But medical needles, long, long medical needles? I think not. True they are necessary but I don’t have to like them and once more here I was waiting to be injected. But first they had to find the right spot….yeah, topical anesthesia doesn’t help there. And yes, I felt that needle going in…and in… and the doctor asked me…wait for it…did I feel it and did it hurt? He’s lucky all I shot him was a glare. Cause yes I did feel it and yes, it hurt. Argh. And I am not, repeat not a baby about these things and I have a high tolerance for pain. But yeesh….they need to find something different to say…cause I am telling you that has truly gotten old.
So here I am, my hip is throbbing. The doctor said I should feel better in a day…if the shot works. Sigh. Sometimes life is a crap shoot. Sometimes you role doubles and sometimes snake eyes. And by now I really should know to stick to the needles I like when given a choice, and leave the others alone. Because here is something I have learned over the years….when someone tells you its not going to hurt, run, run like the wind in the opposite direction, it’s going to hurt like hell.
Now for the week ahead in reviews. It’s one terrific book after another this week. There are two guest blogs on our schedule. One by the fabulous Abigail Roux for the release Shock & Awe. And the other by an author whose books have always appeared on my must read list, L.B. Gregg and her latest release How I Met Your Father. Added to that are two new books in series I just love, R.J. Scott’s Texas Family and Kate McMurray’s The Stars That Tremble and this will be a stellar week indeed!
Twas the week before the week of Thanksgiving…..
Monday, Nov. 17: Texas Family by R.J. Scott
Tuesday, Nov. 18: The Stars That Tremble by Kate McMurray
Wed., Nov. 19: Guest Blog by L.B. Gregg for How I Met Your Father
Thurs., Nov.20: Guest Blog and Contest by Abigail Roux and Shock & Awe release
Friday, Nov. 21: Shock & Awe by Abigail Roux
Sat., Nov. 22: How I Met Your Father by L.B. Gregg