I have only been giving myself injections since about April or May, but this is what I have found.
-I give my injections in the morning. I get a pretty bad sting about 10 seconds after the injection that lasts for quite awhile 15-20 minutes(?) Luckily, I have a lot of things to do in the morning. I just get busy, and that is that.
-At first, I really depended on the auto-inject. But after a while, I got sick of setting it up, wiping it down, and putting it away. The first couple of times without it really were a little tense, but that needle is soooo small. It really is.
-My least hated spot to inject is my stomach. I try not to loose weight, as I want to keep this spot. I made the mistake of injecting below my belly button on a day I wore jeans. Man, that zipper just about killed me. Watch out for that.
-My most hated spot is my arms. I try to get my daughter to help me. If I can't, I use the injector. The first nurse showed me to use the back of a chair to press the fat up. My arms are thin and this made the fat 'tight' and I got really bad reactions. The phone nurse said to extend your arm, palm up, and inject into the hanging fat. It is really hard for me to push the trigger in this position. I set the bottom of the injector on the counter and put my arm on top of it and hold the crazy thing sort of upside down. Then I struggle like crazy to get that thing to inject. I hate arms.
-My thighs are pretty easy, lots of fat there. Don't feel bad about hitting a vein. It happens to me too, even though I really try not to. I live in AZ and we wear shorts most of the year. Those huge bruises are a bummer.
-I don't have any advice about missing days. I try not too.
I did want to say that is wonderful that you are taking care of your wife. I am sure she really appreciates you. I get pretty short tempered with all of this going on. Even though no one can see my ms issues, they bug me and always having all these swelled up, aching site reactions doesn't help. If she seems short, don't take it personally, she probably doesn't even realize. Hang in there.
dx 4/09 * Stanford appointment 11/09/09 * One stent left, low jugular 11/10/09!<br />One year from treatment, I have my life back. Placebo schmebo.