Life with MS & EDS

February 7, 2009

Getting Better at This

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Day 2 on Copaxone was similar to Day 1.  The injection site was Left Arm.  I did the heat pack for about 3 minutes and then did the injection.  I went up to an “8” on the AutoJect since Day 1’s “7” wasn’t deep enough.  Some of the medication still seeped out.  Within 2 minutes, the stinging started and it lasted for about 20 minutes.

But things improved on Day 3.  The Shared Solutions folks called yesterday afternoon to see how things are going and to ask a few survey questions.  I explained Day 2 and they said that if I can pinch 2 inches, to go up to a “10”, but cautioned against going into the muscle and explained how that would feel (not good from the sounds of it!)  They also offered to send me anything else I may need.  I asked for 3 locked fridge boxes (those are on back-order), a travel kit (which hold 15 doses, I think), an extra AutoJect (just in case), and another ice/heat back.

Fearful of going too deep, I went up to a “9” on the AutoJect.  This time it was the Right Arm.  I’m right-handed and while I do pretty well with my left hand I was still concerned about how this would go.  I increased the heat to 5 minutes, then did the shot.  No seepage!!!  No blood!!!  “9” seemed to be the right depth for my arms (that or I got lucky).  After a couple of minutes I applied an ice pack and kept it on for about 15 minutes.  The stinging started soon after the shot, but was very manageable with the ice pack.  Hopefully this routine will work well again tonight.

My husband has been helping me out with the shots.  He helps with the prep and clean-up.  I also need his judgment about what is a 90 degree angle because I usually cannot tell.  Having someone to review all of the steps with and to make sure I’m not forgetting something (which I tend to do when nervous) has been wonderful.

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5 Comments »

  1. Hi–

    I’ve been doing Betaseron now for close to 4 years. My husband is fantastic with helping me reach the areas I can’t. I’m sick of doing shots, but they’ve helped me tremendously.

    Keep plugging away…!

    Jen

    Comment by Online Dating — February 8, 2009 @ 12:09 pm

  2. PS: I think I was signed on under my husband’s site, hence the “dating website” link-LOL.

    Comment by Jen — February 8, 2009 @ 12:11 pm

  3. My original comment was that I have been taking Betaseron for nearly 4 years and it’s been a tremendous help. So has my husband with helping me with the injections.

    Keep plugging away….!

    Jen

    Comment by Jen — February 8, 2009 @ 12:14 pm

  4. Thanks, Jen! Left hip was a bit of a challenge last night. I’d nice to have help!

    I was wondering about the URL and user name 🙂 The message didn’t sound like spam, so I took the chance.

    Comment by mseds — February 8, 2009 @ 2:15 pm

  5. We can learn to find the oddest things normal. A dear friend of mine is dating a sweet guy who has had an insulin pump since he was 8. We have had good conversations about scar tissue, fat layers, and needles. It’s just life. No one is normal, really. We’re all divergent somewhere. We adjust.

    I’m glad it seems to be going well so far. I’m glad you have a care partner to help with all of this.

    It took me a while to learn how to take my shots, but it’s not something I even much think about anymore. It’s just part of maintenance for my life.

    Comment by abigail — February 9, 2009 @ 10:14 pm


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