"...Hello, Ma'am. My name is Maddog and I'm going to start an IV and take some blood"
"No! No! No needles! I hate needles! Please no!" She cries. She's a pretty and healthy young woman in the emergency room because she's 7 months pregnant and having abdominal pains.
"I need to get this IV in so we can give you medications if you need them."
"No! Please, no. I can't stand needles!"
I look at the 5 earrings in each ear, the eyebrow piercing, the nose ring, the 2 tongue studs, the lip ring and the large collection of tattoos on her arms.
She sees me looking. My left eyebrow lurches over the rim of my glasses.
I blink once.
"That's different." she says.