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Kevin,

I am just waking up so forgive me if my thoughts are cloudy.When I first started going to my doctor, I would have her stick me instead of sticking myself. There is something very unnatural about causing yourself to bleed. I have four tattoos and still fell strangely about drawing blood. I usually just hold the needle next to my skin for a moment and then push it in. You can also count down: 3,2,1, inject.I looked at it as something I am going to have to do, so why beat around the bush. I made myself do it. The first time I used a lancette,I stuck myself over a dozen times trying to draw enough blood for a sample.Believe me, you will get used to needles. There really is not choice.Just tell yourself you have to do it. I am sure there have been more challenging things you have overcome in your life.Think of it that way.Better yet, is one short moment of discomfort worth your life? I'll bet it is.Good luck, J.P.
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