Danie Toerien
2 minute read
27 Jul 2021
5:01 am

My trypanophobia could not stop me from getting my first jab

Danie Toerien

On the way, I envisage the process. I tell myself it’s not going to be sore and that it would be over in a flash. I also promise myself I’m not going to cry, hyperventilate or faint.

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Many decades ago, I was tasked with taking one of my baby girls for a blood test. The details of why the test was needed have long escaped me, but I remember the events as they unfolded like it was yesterday. On the way to the hospital, I explained the process to her. I promised her that it would not be sore and that it would be over in a flash. Of course, I also promised her the earth and the moon if she didn’t cry. So there we were, at the hospital, with my little girl sitting on a...