No, Denver, I'm sure you're not the only one. People should remember there are others who have fears and phobias about blood, needles, hospitals, etc. I have to lay down when I give blood cuz it can make me queasy. I don't even like reading about it. I don't like medical stuff, I hate needles and generally hate going to any kind of doctor. But MS changed the playing field on me entirely. So now I can have an IV in my arm (NEVER in my hand, tried that once, it didn't work so well
), read and understand CCSVI and other MS-related material and handle it very well. Oh, and that's along with giving myself my daily Copaxone shot. Did I mention how much I hate needles? The big joke was on me there...
I had the procedure last year, and was freaked at the thought of being awake while all this was going on. Cece, you're spot on about the squeamish part. I wanted anastesia. God bless Dr. S, though, he explained why he wanted me awake. And I did it. Course all I did was lay there while he and his great staff did all the work, but I will always consider that one of my biggest personal accomplishments. If I can do it, anybody can.
So no, you're not alone. And guys, please give Denver a break. This stuff isn't a walk in the park for everyone.