I wanted to share a few photos of the real life depiction of what I do every Monday, Wednesday and Friday night.
I remember searching the internet during my “break” period in between my induction phase of Interferon and my maintenance phase to try and find blogs or videos of someone giving themselves the injections because I had absolutely no idea what to expect. But I ended up not finding anything. Maybe this can be an example for someone who is about to begin their injection phase.
I do injections of Interferon Alpha 2B (brand name Intron A) subcutaneously (which means under the skin) three times a week. It comes in a preloaded pen with 3 doses (for Monday, Wednesday and Friday)…think of a diabetic pen if you’ve ever seen one…and I inject them into both sides of my tummy and both of my thighs and both of my arms. Being that you are stabbing yourself with a needle and also because chemo patients have low platelets, bruises tend to develop, so you need to rotate the injection site so that you don’t inject in the same area twice.
When the injection site is my arm, I need someone else to do it for me because I can’t squeeze my skin and stab myself at the same time, so my mom or Justin or Emily tend to do it for me which I’m so thankful for. I know what it’s like to have to hurt myself but I couldn’t imagine what it’s like to hurt someone you love.
Just wanted to give everyone a look into what these injection nights have looked like.
I just completed week 44 of injections which means I have only 4 weeks left and only 12 more injections. Countdown is on.