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Hate Needles? Love emla

In just over 2 weeks, I will be in London for this years CyberMummy. I was unable to go last year due to chemo and the such like. However, this year I shall be there with bells on, and I am fortunate enough to have been sponsored by the lovely people at emla.

emla is something I only heard about fairly recently, but I so wish I knew about it when I was going through chemo and having lots and lots of needles.

emla is a cream that is a local anaesthetic that has been successfully used in the UK for 25 years. The cream is available in a ‘all-in-one’ pack from your local pharmacy to help numb the pain of the needle during child vaccinations, minor skin procedures, blood donation and travel vaccinations, and in my case: chemo.

Luckily, we never had a problem taking Jake for his injections. He just tended to sit there and watch while the nurse jabbed him. In fact, it was only his 8 week injections that he cried for. He’s hard, obviously.

While I’ve always been OK with having blood tests done, having a needle in your forearm for chemo is totally different, and towards the end of my treatments, it got worse and worse. It’s not that I’m scared of needles, it’s just that I didn’t relish the pain. Especially when it took them 4 or 5 goes to get a needle in!

So, if you are thinking that emla is just for children, think again.

Did you know that out of the more than 60 million people living in the UK, only 1.6 million actually donate blood every year. The National Blood Service is always looking for new donors, but some people avoid it purely because of a fear of needles. emla can be applied one hour before your appointment to make donating blood a less nerve wrecking experience (and you get a cup of tea and a biscuit). A lot of people going through cancer treatment rely on those donations. I’m fortunate (and unusual I think) that I never needed one.

Do you have any holiday plans for this year? Going somewhere that you might need a vaccine for? Thinking about not having it done because of a fear of needles? With emla, you don’t have to put your health at risk, AND you don’t have to have the pain of the needle. Everyone is a winner!

emla is available from your local pharmacy and can be used on babies from full term, children and adults. Full instructions are included.

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