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So me and my Fiance were approved and our Interview date and Medical date are on Sep, 21 2015 - Sep, 22 2015. On the 21 she has the medical exam and we have questions about the blood test. Has anyone else ever had this done and had a major phobia to it? She is terrified about the blood test and is worried about how she will react with them. Are they kind when they do it or are they just in a hurry and try to be as quick as possible? If anyone could help us and reassure us about the situation that would be great. It is a really bad phobia she has and almost impossible to control. Do they care if you cry and get upset about it?

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This needle-phobia must be an Italian thing since I remember having it myself when I was a kid!

Anyway, it really depends on the doctor.. I personally asked the doctor to took the TB blood test in a laboratory, because I really didn't want to do it the "conventional way" since I was worried about how my skin would react to it (and I didn't want to be injected with stuff). I had to pay $100 extra to the laboratory because the doctor I went to doesn't provide that kind of test. The physical exam was pretty quick, but the doctor was very nice and understanding. Me and my fiancee also thought that it would be better for me to go to a woman doctor, but actually it didn't really matter because the medical exam is not too physical.

Just tell her not to worry too much, and good luck!



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K-1 visa medical exams use a chest X-ray when checking for TB.

You can tell them that you are afraid of needles and ask them to please be gentle with you. They might comply. You can check the reviews for Italy > http://www.visajourney.com/reviews/index.php?cnty=Italy

This one sounds promising for you > http://www.visajourney.com/reviews/view-dos-cis-reviews.php?entry=17364


(2) After some waiting you have step number 2, with blood taking to verify if you have syphilis (sic!). The nurse was super kind and she was really good at blood taking, the easiest I had in years.

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Buy a lidocaine/cream and apply it 30 -40 minutes prior to the needle stick. You can reapply every hour so when they call her it will be kind of numb. It will not take all the pain but it will help. You can even buy an ethyl chloride spray and spray the area when they about to stick her. That is they will let you do. You can ask them and explain her phobia. I know this helps my patients that has anxiety with being stuck.

Make sure she is also laying down when they stick her just in case she faints. Good luck.

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