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!