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#436123 - 03/18/11 11:12 PM Gave myself my mtx shot first time today
WendyR Offline


Registered: 12/23/08
Posts: 5231
Loc: BC, Canada
I learned how to do my methotrexate shot at the doctor's office this afternoon. My doc seemed surprised that I had never used a syringe or handled needles before!!!

It went very well - the biggest challenge was how complicated it seemed. So many steps to remember. I'm sure it'll seem like second nature soon but I kept thinking how am I going to remember all this.

The actual injection part was really easy - just poked the needle in without really thinking about it. It didn't even hurt to my surprise. So all I think I have to get my head around is the preparation steps.

What made it a bit more challenging was that I had my five year old granddaughter with me. She didn't want to stay in the waiting room so I explained that I was going to learn how to give myself a shot and she could come in and watch if she wanted. Unfortunately, the clinic was running late so we'd already had to wait about 40 minutes before I saw my doctor. So she was a bit fed up and getting a little antsy. She was kind of hopping around in the background while I was following my doc's instructions.

I asked her afterwards what she thought about it and she said she didn't watch me poke myself because "it was scary".

Anyway, I'm a bit relieved that I've had my first run at it. I'll have another practice next week with the doctor and then should be able to do it at home without help.
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#436128 - 03/19/11 04:10 AM Re: Gave myself my mtx shot first time today [Re: WendyR]
MollyC1i Offline
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Registered: 01/21/04
Posts: 9785
Loc: Brittany, France (since Nov 08...
You are brave. No way could I, would I give myself an injection. No way. End of story. I loathe needles - horrible. I can watch operations, no probs - except that first incision is always a bit daunting, otherwise a doddle, but needles? No.

Good for you Wendy. That, plus with an antsy 5yr old in the background...phew. You'll be an old habd at this sooner than ya think gal 'smile'.
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#436183 - 03/19/11 02:53 PM Re: Gave myself my mtx shot first time today [Re: MollyC1i]
rumble Offline
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Registered: 01/31/09
Posts: 4494
Loc: NE Oklahoma
Hope this works out for you and relieves the nausea aspect of the MTX. hugss

On having the little one with you....I used to have to take my youngest with me to doc visits. Anytime I had to have blood drawn, he sat with rapt attention to the details. Once he saw me have blood drawn without me screaming in pain, he was okay to have his own drawn without a peep. laugh2
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#436187 - 03/19/11 03:11 PM Re: Gave myself my mtx shot first time today [Re: rumble]
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Registered: 10/08/10
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Loc: Afton, TN, USA
I had to take my two year old to my first appt with the new rheumy. He done decent but he hates sitting still for more than 15 min. This time he is staying with his grandparents
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#436233 - 03/19/11 06:30 PM Re: Gave myself my mtx shot first time today [Re: WendyR]
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Registered: 02/04/10
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Loc: Fairyland
Well done, Wendy clap
Hope your bravery pays off and your nausea leaves you well alone.
Your granddaughter sounds like a right cutie grin
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#436234 - 03/19/11 06:43 PM Re: Gave myself my mtx shot first time today [Re: MollyC1i]
WendyR Offline


Registered: 12/23/08
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I was surprised, Molly, by how easy it was. But also surprised at how complicated prepping the injection seemed - all that keeping everything sterile, getting rid of air bubbles etc.
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#436235 - 03/19/11 06:46 PM Re: Gave myself my mtx shot first time today [Re: rumble]
WendyR Offline


Registered: 12/23/08
Posts: 5231
Loc: BC, Canada
I was hoping that was how it would be for Sennen. I was very calm and cheerful and hoped she'd lose her fear so it was a bit disappointing to hear her say she didn't want to watch because it was too scary. There was a tiny pinprick of blood afterwards that she was very concerned about! Then all the way home she wanted to tell me about the times she was bleeding!
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#436236 - 03/19/11 06:47 PM Re: Gave myself my mtx shot first time today [Re: Brandon]
WendyR Offline


Registered: 12/23/08
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It's hard for little ones to have to wait a long time, isn't it!
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#436237 - 03/19/11 06:48 PM Re: Gave myself my mtx shot first time today [Re: Tinkerbell]
WendyR Offline


Registered: 12/23/08
Posts: 5231
Loc: BC, Canada
She is a cutie - I think I posted a photo of her and my other two granddaughters at Christmas but I can't remember which forum.
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#436891 - 03/25/11 08:24 PM Re: Gave myself my mtx shot first time today [Re: WendyR]
mom2many Offline
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Registered: 09/18/09
Posts: 1236
Loc: Minnesota, USA
Congrats! cheerleader
I agree, the prep is kind of intimidating. But if I do all the steps in the same way each time, then I'm comforted that the injection will be successful, and so far, so good.
I'll be having one tonight.
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