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    Filgrastim Self Injecting syringes!

    Hi, After some advice and found out as part of chemo need to self inject 'filgrastim' to help with white blood cell count.

    Haven't actually opened needle pack as not due to start until Saturday which will be day 9 of cycle (3 week and 6 sessions hopefully) so not seen the size of actual needle I have to 'jab' self with around what little of spare tyre I have!

    No doubt can tell am little (bit more than little) anxious and getting bit worked up about it. Any help, words of 'not as bad as you think' 'making mountain out of molehill' or just cold hard truth will help!

    TY!

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    It's probably just nerves at something that is new to you.

    Many people inject themselves everyday, (insulin, etc.)
    No doubt they were all nervous the first time or two, but now it's just routine.

    If you think about injections that a nurse has given you in the past then you will know that the trick is not to hesitate or do it slowly.
    Going slowly hurts more and is more likely to bruise.
    Be firm and decisive, in with the needle, inject, out again

    Presumably you have been shown by the nurse, and have advice leaflets with the syringes, about how to go about injecting yourself, but just in case:
    https://www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/pa...filled-syringe

    Here is a general video of how to inject yourself:
    https://youtu.be/xQ95DzVzf3g

    You might find this useful as well:
    http://chroniccurve.tumblr.com/post/...or-making-self
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    DO NOT open a sealed needle unless you intend to use it!! They are sterile for a reason. If you are on chemo, this should have been explained to you and someone showed you how to.

    Don't worry - my daughter had to self inject with heparin after a shattered knee cap and she has NO medical training. I'm guessing they have said "fatty tissue"? That is easier than finding a vein.

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    OMG!..This THING IS MASSIVE!

    Am expected to self inject with a 4 INCH needle and at least 1 INCH wide ARRRGGHHHH!

    OK, maybe a slight exaggeration, only slight though! So, laid everything out, akin to operating theatre, alcohol swab, needle, fag, (pee 1st). Pulled up outer garments to reveal injection site-pinched inch (as tight as left hand would allow)-swabbed area-held needle like pen (hand shaking little)-few pokes to see if could feel sharpness-and by accident, on 3rd press needle found own access!

    Couldn't believe could hardly feel it, left it dangling for moment to make sure actually inserted, then operated plunger to deliver contents-once done needle self extracted. Who's a Big Boy and Mumms Little Soldier...ME, ME, ME!

    TY for responses Red and Nuke. Was just the thought and anxiety and you both and many others said. Fear of the unknown. Just glad 1st one out of way and although prob still do same way tomorrow, should build in confidence. Spoke with Sp N yesterday before day 8 chemo, and simply put it as 'pinch and inch and inject, as fast as you want and at any angle'. Still, a relief all the same :-)

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    Now give yourself a little treat for being a brave little soldier. LOL.

    Next time you know not to hesitate.

    In, out, don't mess about.

    PS. for a moment there from the first sentence (the only words that showed in the preview) I realy wondered if my phone was redirecting to porn sites.
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    HA! Fantastic, Nuke. Big smile from me! Didn't even think of 1st sentence tbh! Same could be said of 'In, out, don't messa about'!

    Only real treat available is the cigarette (I know, i know!) but I am cutting down and have no choice currently as partial side effect is mouth sores, especially inside of lips meaning filter 'sticks' and is painful when removed from mouth! Would have had a large single malt many yeas ago, but having been teetotal since 2004, not a chance (teetotal due to health reasons, not choice). So, also deploying use of electronic cigarette. Thankfully, which may not be apparent from my posts, will power is 1 of my few strong points, on a couple of subjects anyway!

    Cheers, again, Nuke. Comments do help & I thank you and others for them. Enjoy rest of your weekend as far as able.

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