I always bring a friend along when I have to have a blood test, so I have somebody to look at and hold hands with and talk to about a subject totally unrelated to the needle going into my arm for the purpose of removing something I rather like having inside me. My preferred topic: Holidays I Might Like To Take Some Day.
Today I had to give a blood test, and the topic was: Holiday I'm Taking in Two Days.
Me: crystal clear lake waters!
Friend: starry night!
Me: springy pine needle paths!
Nurse: putting vinegar on your skin deters mosquitoes.
Me: thank you for that tip! and also, dock!
Friend: mosquitoes! and other biting insects!
Me: lake! barbeque! marshmallows roasted over a fire!
Me: I am never bringing you with me for a blood test again.
(H'mmmm... I wonder if that was the point?)