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Revisiting: Most Painful Blood-Draw Ever!

Written by Elaine Lewis

Another Medical Mishap! Did you guess the right remedy? Scroll down for the answer.

Hi Mom!         

Shana, is that you?

I’m excited to report on the Elton John concert I attended in July!

I guess it is you.

But I didn’t get a chance to last month because Sam Gooden from The Impressions died.

  Sam Gooden, Fred Cash, Curtis Mayfield


Fred Cash, Barack Obama, Sam Gooden

That was a horrible blow!  Fred Cash is the only one left.  Curtis died after a terrible accident, a light tower blew over at an outdoor concert in Brooklyn and basically broke his neck.  Curtis was the leader of the group in every way.  He was the song writer, the guitar player, the lead singer; but Sam, the bass/baritone, had a haunting voice that just seemed to make the group what it was.  There was always a slot for him in almost every song, even if he only sang one line, you waited for it!  Here’s one of their many hits, “People Get Ready”.  Curtis sings, “People get ready,” and Sam goes, “There’s a train a-comin'”…. 

Curtis Mayfield, you have to know who Curtis is.  One fan on Youtube summed it up this way:

“Did you know that Curtis Mayfield is one of the few DOUBLE INDUCTEES into the ROCK and ROLL HALL of FAME?  He got inducted as a member of his legendary singing group THE IMPRESSIONS, and also as a SOLO artist…and was a recipient of The Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award…AND The Grammy Legends Award, as well as being inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1999.”

Heartbeat (Curtis Mayfield album) - Wikipedia

Mom, can I give my report on the Elton John concert now?

Just one second, Shana; I couldn’t mention Curtis Mayfield without playing his Magnum Opus: “Move On Up”


OK, so the Elton John concert on July 15th. 

Elton John celebrates last show on his farewell tour | CNN

It was amazing!  The close-ups on the screen showing his hands on the piano were cool.  I sent them to you in email!!!!

Oh…is that what those pictures were?  What did I do with them?   


They were just pictures of hands, Shana; yeesh!

He also played a rare song from “Don’t Shoot Me, I’m Only the Piano Player”… which for some reason we have here, so I thought that was cool.  I guess you or maybe Daddy bought it?

I bought it.  I used to belong to the Record of the Month Club.

Really?  I had no idea!  We have it here along with “Madman Across the Water”.  

Again, Record of the Month Club.

Anyway.  I had a field seat because, well, I couldn’t decide which was the best seat at the last minute…and it was VERY last minute because I wasn’t sure if going would be possible due to vaccine mandates but apparently Citizen’s Bank Park wasn’t asking at this stage?  Anyway, there was a special wristband for people who had field seats.

I suppose that’s another picture I’m supposed to have?

Yes!!!  He opened with “Bennie and the Jets” like last time.  He told a story about Aretha Franklin that I loved which went something like this (see video below):

Can you believe that Aretha performed when she was ill?  I couldn’t believe it.  His last song of the night was “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” and that was when Elton said it was his last show in Philly.  I felt sad all over again.  The images on the screen were kind of bittersweet too, pictures of Elton throughout his career, then he gets onto a lift that takes him off-stage.  Last thing you see on the screen is Elton walking down the Yellow Brick Road to his retirement.

Apparently he played Philadelphia 52 times!  He also thanked people and well, I wasn’t born yet, but, I like being thanked.

You were thanked too?  Before you were born?

I’ll miss him but he deserves to spend time with his family.  Apparently there is an upcoming Disney+ documentary…

Oh geez….

called “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road: The Final Elton John Performances and the Years that Made His Legend.”  It sounds exciting, does it not?

It sounds expensive.

According to what I’ve read, there will be unseen footage and new interviews.  I can’t wait.  I’ll miss him when he retires.

Is that it?

Yes, that is it.

Praise the lord!!!!!

Who’s in The Quiz this month?

Do you remember “Rosetta Stone”?

Didn’t her daughter drop the trunk lid down on her head?

Yeah, that was an unfortunate incident ….  Here she is again with another painful mishap:


September 2nd

Elaine, is there anything you can suggest for pain from a needle stick besides Ledum?  I’ve just had the most painful blood-draw I’ve ever had!  I can hardly stand to touch it and it hurts to bend my arm.  I took Ledum 200C and it’s not helping.

7:00 pm

“Rosetta”, take ___________200C.

September 4th

Rosetta, did you ever take ___________200C?  If so, what happened?

Yes, and it went away.  It hurt like crazy!  I don’t know what [the nurse] did, the vein was all sticking up and weird afterwards!

Good lord!  How long did it take for _________ to act?

It felt better within 30 minutes and completely gone by the next morning.  By the time I went to bed at 11, it only hurt when I touched it.  Before that, it was stinging constantly and I couldn’t stand to bend my arm!

September 5th

Elaine, here’s a picture of my arm.  See?  No bruising!

Where’s the “before” picture showing a bruise?

No, that’s just it, it never bruised!  That’s what’s so unusual, I always bruise within a few hours of a blood draw and it usually lasts a week, and Ledum doesn’t help.  This time there is no bruise!

Oh, OK, I get it ….


So, that’s it everybody!  Do you know the remedy?  Write to me at [email protected] and let me know. 






Geez, it looks like we didn’t fool hardly anybody!  Who wants to go first?

Hi Elaine.

Hi Krista

My vote this month is for Hypericum.  Since Ledum wasn’t cutting it for her, I chose Hypericum because it also is a puncture wound remedy and has a keynote of:

– Wounds are more tender than appearance would indicate


– Excessive painfulness

I couldn’t have said it better, Krista.  Beautiful!  In fact, I have nothing to say!

Thanks for another quiz and the learning opportunity that comes with it.

And thank YOU for participating!  Oh look!  It’s Mary K (or, Mary Queen of Scots, as she likes to be called…)


Hi Elaine,

Hi Queen Mary ….

At first this seems like it might be Apis because of the stinging pain.  But the more you see what Rosetta actually says, it seems that what has happened is not like an insect bite, but an injury to a blood vessel.  Here are her words:

Pain from a needle stick

Hurt like crazy

Can hardly stand to touch it

It hurts to bend my arm

The vein was all sticking up and weird

It was stinging constantly

I couldn’t stand to bend my arm

After the remedy, it never bruised

I always bruise within a few hours of a blood draw and it usually lasts a week

This time there is no bruise.

Apis is worse for touch, and swelling can be present.  But Rosetta mentions that her vein was “sticking up” – so it looks like a blood vessel that’s injured here.

And thinking of this as an injury, with aversion to touch, hurts to bend the arm (worse from motion?), I also noticed that Rosetta mentioned bruising 3 times – i.e., she always bruises after a blood draw, bruising lasts a week, and this time there was no bruising.  So because Arnica is at the top of the list for preventing bruising, Arnica would be my choice.  Hope this is right and if not, there’s always the next case to solve!

Mary K, it’s not right, but, that’s OK because you will have learned an important lesson today. 

You make a good case for Arnica: it’s an injury, there would have been bruising if not for the remedy, and she was worse touch.  All looking very good for Arnica.  The only problem is … the all-important Etiology, which is at the top of our Hierarchy Of Symptoms!   Right?

What is the Arnica etiology?  Ailments From bunt trauma.  What is the etiology in this case?  Ailments from Puncture Wounds!!!!!!! 

So that’s what we need to find, a puncture wound remedy that is very painful.  So, in Murphy’s Repertory, 3rd ed., we would go to the “Clinical” chapter, scroll alphabetically down to Puncture Wounds, and then take the sub-rubric, “Injection, from painful”.  There are only 4 remedies listed, and only 1 in Bold, and that remedy is Hypericum! 

Oh my goodness – there it is.  (See photo.)  I didn’t know to look under “Clinical” and now I do.  Thanks!

Thanks for including that picture because I see there’s another sub-rubric further down that’s maybe even more applicable:

“Clinical: puncture wounds, pain, severe” and there is only ONE remedy listed, and it’s in Bold:  HYPERICUM!  Wow.  That about sums it up, doesn’t it?

Don’t look now, but, Pam’s here!!!!


Hi Elaine!

Hi Pam!

My answer is HYPERICUM!

Right again!

I am guessing the nurse hit a nerve while trying to get to the patients’ vein?  That would explain the intense pain.  I have read that Hypericum is used for puncture wounds with intense pain.

You read correctly!!!!  Nice, Pam, very nice! 

I think Neil’s here from England.


Hi Elaine

This month’s quiz remedy is a toss up between Staphysagria or  Hypericum as both have pain when touched.  I think of Staphysagria as more of a slicing pain or knife cuts rather than from an injection which sounds like nerve damage to me.  I presume there is no infection associated  to account for the pain?  So with that in mind, I am going with Hypericum.

Neil, UK

You are correct, sir!  Who’s next?


Dear Elaine,

The Answer is Hypericum.

Injection, painful wound, from injection: HYPERICUM in bold.

Hypericum is good for nerve injuries.

You are correct!!!!




Oh look, it’s the gang from Slovakia!

Hello Elaine and Shana,

Hello Miroslav and Jitka!

We send our answers to the September quiz.

Miroslav answers briefly: It should be Hypericum.

That is brief!

Jitka answers: Hypericum

The first remedy that came to my mind was Hypericum.  Just to be sure, I checked my choice in the First Aid Chapter, the rubric: Injection, painful wound, from injection – there is only one medicine in bold: Hypericum.

You are both right!!!!!


Hi Elaine and Shana!

Hi Maria!

For this month’s quiz my vote goes to Hypericum.

If I am wrong I will try again.

You are not wrong, so don’t try again!


I think it’s time for us to give a Shout-Out to our winners:








Come on down!  You’re the winners of the September Quiz!

Be sure to try the October Quiz now!  See you back here again next time.  Let’s go out with another great song by the Fabulous Impressions:


RIP Sam, we love you!

Elaine Lewis, DHom, CHom
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Elaine Lewis

Elaine Lewis, D.Hom., C.Hom.
Elaine is a passionate homeopath, helping people offline as well as online. Contact her at [email protected]
Elaine is a graduate of Robin Murphy's Hahnemann Academy of North America and author of many articles on homeopathy including her monthly feature in the Hpathy ezine, "The Quiz". Visit her website at: and

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