I am terrified of needles! I always have been, which puts me in a very interesting situation, being diabetic.
I have always used an inserter device for my insulin, even used the "inject-eez" when I was little and still using syringes. Now that I'm on the pump I use the Inset infusion set. While these have helped my fear a little, I still get overwhelmingly anxious whenever I have to change my pump. It's gotten to the point where I will keep my site far longer than I should just to avoid the blinding fear that comes with thinking about the needle!
I've recently gone back on the Dexcom, and that needle is the worst! It's huge! It also does not have a self inserter tool, so I have to physically push the needle in. I have to use a topical anesthetic because feeling the needle go in would put me over the top. Even with that I completely loose it, my vision blurs, my hands shake and it takes me hours to calm my breathing and get my focus back after inserting the sensor.
I've been diabetic for 18ish years now, so needles are not new to me, but I feel like my fear has been getting much worse lately, especially with that Dex needle! Even the lancet for pricking my finger gets me nervous now.
Anyone else terrified of needles? Any coping techniques you'd suggest?