I guess my needle phobia dates back to when I was a kid. I used to run around the farm a lot and remember stepping on a bone that our dog had been chewing. I didn’t think anything of it at the time, but it wasn’t long after that I got a plantar wart on the bottom of my arch (though not sure if it’s related).
I wish that I’d known about Compound W wart remover back then as I would have tried that to get rid of it. Heck, I would have tried the duct tape trick too. Anything, but a trip to the doctor. No such luck though.
Our family doctor at the time had a very thick accent that at my young age scared me. I probably got this fear from watching too many Bugs Bunny cartoons. Anyhow, he was a real old school type of doctor and insisted that he’d have to freeze the bottom of my foot (with a massive needle!), burn the wart and then cut it out. You can imagine the fear that a young kid would have from having to deal with this. And, I’m sure the people of Newburgh still talk about the screaming that came out of the office that day so many years ago.
Well, I survived the ordeal, and while it was terrifying, I expect what made it worse was that I was going to have to miss a hockey practice and maybe a game.
Since that day, whenever I hear about needles, I still think about that visit.
I’ve had acupuncture a number of times, gotten tattoos and those didn’t seem to bother me too much. I’ve also gotten much better at needles now too, giving blood, and even had an IV at one point.
This past week has given me another reason to hate needles though. I am going to Peru in November with the Impossible 2 Possible Expedition and needed to get up to date with my vaccinations as well as vaccines specific to the area. The only one that I’ve kept somewhat current is Tetanus. So, as you can imagine, I had a lot to get caught up on.
I went last Tuesday, and was used as a human dart board. Well, actually, it wasn’t too bad at the time. I had to get 4 injections, although I’m told that some were combined, so Gawd knows how many different vaccines were in there. The one I heard might be an issue was the Yellow Fever vaccine.
I left the clinic with a sore arm, but none too worse for the endeavor. I had run earlier in the day, just in case, but had planned to run again later too. However, when I got home, I soon realized that I was feeling pretty rough so opted for a nap instead.
The nurse who gave me the needles told me I might feel a bit off for anywhere between 2-10 days after. Sure enough, that night I developed a fever and the reaction I had was like a bad flu for a few days. I took it easy and just did short runs, and started to feel better by the weekend. I would feel a bit sluggish during runs after about 45mins, but not too bad.
Sunday was such a beautiful day that Sara and I decided to go to Frontenac Park for a bit of a longer run; probably 3 hours or so. I felt normal at the beginning, but then started feeling pretty weak at an hour into the run. At 90 minutes, I was then feeling about the worst I have ever felt during a training run and we were in the middle of the park. It was like a bad flu had instantaneously hit me (again). I started running a fever, aches, chills and no energy. I honestly was concerned about if I was going to be able to get out of the trails.
Fortunately, we cut the run short before adding on more to the planned route. I struggled to keep moving as I just wanted to get home as soon as possible…even though I was stumbling along very slowly. I was very glad that Sara was with me as I’m not sure how I would have handled it on my own. It was a pretty strange experience and I was relieved when we finally got back to the car.
I’ve felt quite lousy since then, but it seems that my fever final broke last night, so hoping the worst is behind me. I’m not sure what Yellow Fever would be like, but if it’s worse than the vaccine, I don’t want to know!
The upside to the short runs that I’ve been limited to for the past week is that it’s given my achilles and ankle an extra bit of rest and they are both now feeling the best that they’ve felt in a long, long time. I’m really looking forward to the expedition. If you’re not familiar with i2P, please visit Impossible2Possible.com.