A while ago (fuck me if I remember when – it could have been last week for all I know), I posted about how when you get an injection, often the person giving that injection wants to pinch you first (and sometimes during).
I am very much against pre-injection pinching.
There are (supposedly) some reasons for doing this:
- Depending on the medication – it should be injected subcutaneously (under the skin) and not in the muscle. To me that is the only valid reason to pinch (except for the circumstances discussed in # 3 below)
- Distraction – pinching you is supposed to distract you from the needle going in. I disagree, pinch me and I am suddenly laser-focused on where I got pinched.
- Pinching the skin helps hold everything still. This is valid if you are dealing with someone who cannot be trusted to not flail while you are skewering them. Note. I am not that someone.
The reason not to pinch is because IT HURTS LESS.
If you pinch and the needle is going to go into muscle, you are tearing the (tense) muscle. If the muscle is relaxed, the needle goes in between the muscle fiber without tearing.
Not as much owie. And that’s a good thing.
The reason I am bringing this up is because yesterday, I got my first COVID vaccine shot. (YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
First, I had heard rumors that the needle for the vaccine is super long.
Nor is it some kind of thick needle.
It’s just your regular-sized needle.
And it’s not one of those shots where they have to inject the contents slowly.
Nice and quick.
By the way, now I know where all the big needle rumors started – holy crap. The things you see when you do an image search for covid vaccine – Pfizer / Moderna – you don’t convince people to get vaccinated when you show images of a needle more suitable for inseminating a horse. Just saying.
I asked the lady doing the injections to not pinch. She did not pinch. I barely felt the needle go in and it was done. And so far, I’ve had no discernible side effects. My arm doesn’t hurt – not even at the injection site. Nothing. Maybe that’s just me.
I know some people are terrified of needles. My stepfather taught me the trick of relaxing when you get a shot when I was a young ‘un – and much to my amazement it worked.
Again. Maybe it’s just me.
But I’m letting you know, with the COVID vaccine no pinching is necessary.
I have my appointment for the second does, and I can’t wait, especially now that I know how easy and painless it can be.