Life with MS & EDS

February 25, 2009

Alternative Shot Locations

Filed under: Uncategorized — by mseds @ 12:42 pm
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Okay, I give up.  The outer sides of my thighs were no better than the top.  I feel like I have a new Tuesday routine.  I spend all of my free time (which I don’t have much of) analyzing my body fat to determine alternative shot sites.

Last night I had a conversation with my husband that I never in a million years expected to have.  “Tush or thighs?” I asked him.  He looked at me funny and declined to answer since it’s my decision to make.  I explained that I don’t think thighs are an option anymore and it’s time to find other body fat.  So, we went on to discuss other fatty locations.  I never would have thought, “Yes, that looks fat to me” would be a good thing to hear from him!  Realizing that I was already using the other fatty locations, my bottom seemed to be the only place left to try.  Not being able to see my own bottom very well, I asked him to help me pick a spot.  My criteria: 1) not close to the center as to avoid the sciatic nerve, 2) not near a visible vein, and 3) can pinch at least an inch (that’s not a problem!)  I know it was as strange to ask the question as it was for him to answer it, although probably stranger for him.  Never before has looking at my tush been that un-sexual!  He found a spot that looked promising and I sat on the heat pack for 5 min.  Then I realized that although I am pretty bendy (thank you, Ehlers-Danlos), doing the shot there myself wasn’t wise.  So, I asked him to do it.  I’ve had him press the AutoJect button once before while I held it, but never has he actually done the shot for me.  There was a bit more blood than usual (that could have just been the nature of the spot), but otherwise the shot went very well.  The pain was completely manageable and I’d rank this as good as arm shots for me.

I have 3 more scheduled thigh shots before I finally see the specialist and plan to replace them all with tush shots.  I have zero medical advice to go on for this one since the Shared Solutions folks can’t comment, but it is so much better than thigh shots that I’m just going to keep doing it.  I feel strangely rebellious.  I’m not usually one to stray from medical advice, but I just can’t imagine that doing something that hurts that much is good for me.

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2 Comments »

  1. Sorry but I was laughing so hard at the thought of the conversation you had with your husband.

    Comment by Posey — February 25, 2009 @ 7:07 pm

  2. It was hard to stop laughing so that he could do the shot!

    Comment by mseds — February 25, 2009 @ 7:10 pm


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