Here I come, asking our savvy blog community for advice again…
I know a lot of you have a lot of experience giving yourself injections. How long did it take you to get used to sticking yourself with needles?
I’ve been giving myself Lovenox injections for 8 days now, and… I’m not sure it’s getting easier. I’ll still sit there with my skin pinched for 10 or even 15 minutes, staring at the needle and trying to will myself to plunge it into my skin. Eventually I do it, but it’s hard! It’s like I need to sit there and get angry and frustrated with myself enough that I finally just overcome the barrier through sheer rage — and that’s not a fun emotional journey. (This morning, I worked myself into tears before I was able to do it.)
I’m also wondering if I’ve been having more trouble the last couple of days because when I spoke with the nurse at my MFM visit on Monday, she said I needed to switch from injecting myself at night to injecting myself in the morning. I take it this is not for any medical reason other than that they need to monitor my platelets for the first few weeks and the blood test needs to take place four hours after I do the injection, which means I need to do it in the morning. But mornings are when I feel the worst — I wake up feeling queasy and weak and weepy, and then I tend to gradually feel better as the day goes on. So add to general morning pregnancy malaise the need to exercise a fairly extreme amount of self-control and sheer force of will… and it’s not a good mix. I tend to feel better in the evenings, and I think I was more able to cope with doing the injection before bed partly because I was feeling better in general.
So, what say you, O wise ones? How long did it take you to adjust to giving yourself injections? Is it normal to still be freaking out about each one at the end of 8 days? Were there any tips or tricks that you found helpful when learning to inject yourself? It does get easier eventually… right?