I was an ER/Flight/ICU/L&D nurse for YEARS . . . I think we can safely say the sight of blood doesn't bother me overmuch, right? (If you've been in L&D or had a baby, you should be able to relate to this on SOME level anyway, lol!) While working the MICU/SICU I cleaned/suctioned/wiped up stuff you can't imagine, include blood spurting out of a blown graft, dripping from the ceiling, and rolling off the end of the bed. In the ER, I used to work my traumas and then wade right though the puddles on the floor to my lunch break. I pumped bags and bags and bags (and more bags) of the stuff into people. As a flight nurse, I placed chest tubes, central lines, ET tubes and just about every other kind of 'tube' you can imagine (and most you don't want to, lol), cut throats for crichs, and more than once used a water hose to sluice out the helicopter after a particularly messy flight . . . nary a worry.
BUT . . . one little smear on top of one of my kitties heads and I'm toast . . . Sunny (my 6 month old lilac point girl) jumped up onto my desk a little while ago, with a tiny smear of blood on her head. One frantic trip down the hall to the kitchen sink, and a head scrubbing, I discovered it wasn't HER blood. So, OMG is someone else hurt?!?!?!?
I just spent 30 minutes finding every cat in the house to find out where the blood came from. (Max was NOT best pleased to be drug out from under the bed so I could examine him in minute detail . . .) I checked everyone . . . not a nick, prick, drip, or spot to be found . . . what the heck. Oh, well, just glad everyone's OK. Wonder where the hell that blood came from . . .???
I sat back down at the computer to finish my IM chat with my friend Susan, before we were so rudely interrupted by my little panic, only to look down . . .
. . . and remember that Maggie left quite the 'tracks' across my chest when she was startled by a tower of beads falling over on the desk earlier today, and scratched the crap outta my right boob . . . and the scabs appear a mite smeared. OK, so I know where the blood came from . . . not to worry, it was just ME bleeding, so no cause for alarm! Apparently, we had a little transfer going to Sunny's head when we were cuddling earlier. Sigh, I'm a twit. Apparently I'm only immune to the sight of HUMAN blood . . . kitty blood trips my panic switch, lol.
Below, Sunny - sans blood . . . me, out of frame, with my reason intact . . .