Today I had to get a TB test as part of the hospital’s annual “Check our employees for TB” thing. I hate shots. Not fun. And unlike giving blood, I don’t even get that “Yay I’m doing something worthwhile” feeling.
Here’s a hack I used today to make my shot virtually painless.
Use your free arm to pinch your upper ear while getting the shot. Focus on that feeling, on how you control the pain yourself.
Works like a charm. Sure I felt pain in my ear, but it was my pain–something I was doing and could stop. Somehow that makes it ok, like the pain you feel because you’ve been working out. As soon as I felt her remove the needle, I stopped pinching. All better.
Now my arm just needs to not swell up.