Medicine Milestone

I filled up my first sharps container and sent it away in the mail today. I gotta say, I felt a glowing sense of accomplishment. Damn, that’s the number of times I’ve stabbed myself in the thigh, the number of pep talks I’ve given myself, and how far I’ve come.

So I deserve a gold star, or a gluten/dairy free cupcake LOL.

On that note, I wanted to tell you that I’ve had two weeks of perfect injections. No blood, drama, pain or swelling. No freakouts, tears, or anxiety. Here’s my new process: let the needle warm up for half an hour – definitely not less. When it’s even a little cold it stings more and I think it results in more welts. While it’s warming, preferably by the bathtub, I do something relaxing and distracting. A foot bath or read or both. About five minutes before, I ice my thigh. Then, during the shot I pull my skin a little tight, take a few breaths to relax and always press the injection trigger on the exhale. Afterward, I’ve been applying a natural, plant-based anti-swelling ointment that I found at Pharmaca. I think it does help reduce swelling.

Anyway, hope these tips help you. And congrats to all of you who have already reached your first sharps container milestone!

  1. #1 by WarmSocks on August 6, 2012 - 8:36 pm

    That’s a lotta shots! Could you elaborate on the sharps disposal? Where? Cost? How?

    • #2 by musefulness on August 6, 2012 - 9:56 pm

      Actually the Enbrel support program is free to sign up for and gives you free sharps containers and a box to return the filled-up sharps container to them. They pay for shipping and deal with disposal. Gotta say, it’s a pretty good deal! (No, I’m not a spokeswoman, just pleasantly surprised with their customer service.)

      Find out with your city, but I believe that in some places if you duct tape the lid of the sharps container and then wrap the whole thing in plastic, you can dispose of it in your normal trash. I may look into that as my latest container came courtesy Prescription Solutions, not Enbrel support, and I don’t think they deal with disposal.

      Hope that helps! I’m happy to answer any more questions you have.

  2. #3 by WarmSocks on August 6, 2012 - 10:03 pm

    I got my original sharps container from Enbrel, but since I’m no longer on their med, didn’t know if they’d still dispose of my sharps container and send a new one. Thanks 🙂

    • #4 by Jorja on August 8, 2014 - 10:19 pm

      You’ve hit the ball out the park! Incdireble!

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