Wednesday, January 20, 2010

I Did It!

The injection ended up being a breeze! Woohoo!

It helped that I'm used to handling needles and syringes (my cat had diabetes), so I was used to the whole drawing-up-the-medication, getting-rid-of-air-bubbles stuff. Then my doctor let me try using a capped syringe so I could get the feel of how much pressure to use to inject the needle, and then I was off. Done and done!

She was amazed, I think, that I wanted to do it in my stomach, but I felt a little more squeamish about doing it there than in my legs, plus I'd heard it hurt less there, so I wanted to get it out of the way under her supervision. I honestly didn't feel it at all when the needle or the 25 mg of Methotrexate went in. Super!

Now I'm just feeling bagged. I ended up leaving work a bit early and having a short nap (didn't want to sleep too long, cause I don't want to screw up my sleep tonight). I'm not sure if it's the drug, or if  the effects of the whole last week-and-a-half have finally caught up with me...We'll see.


  1. Oh, you are a brave one! Good for you, handling that injection (and all the ones in the future) with such savoir faire and aplomb.

    Welcome to the RA blogosphere, Lauri. I'm glad that you've found our blogs and have been able to get some good information and encouragement about living with rheumatoid arthritis. It can be a real bummer sometimes, but with today's powerful meds, a lot of people cope very well and some actually go into remission. I wish the same for you.

  2. Congratulations! I hope the meds take effect for you quickly.

  3. Thanks so much, Wren. That means a lot to me coming from someone with such experience. I have hope and good support no matter what happens.

    Looking forward to more posts on your blog!

    :) Laurie

  4. Oooh, I hate injecting into my stomach - you certainly are brave!

    I'm glad WarmSocks directed me toward your blog and look forward to reading me. (Plus, I'm a long-time reader of Style at Home!)

  5. Hi Helen,

    Glad to "meet" you! And glad to hear you like Style at Home.
    Next up: the legs; will let you know how that goes!


  6. Hi Laurie,

    I am glad that the injection went so well. I don't know that I would have been that brave. My hat's off to you. I hope that it brings you some relief.


  7. Thanks, Jo-Ann. It was a relief it went so well. And I just got approved for Enbrel--so happy! Will be posting about that shortly!

    :) L