Nurse Andrew got to stick me for the first time at approximately ten thirty am this morning. He was fabulous. I surprised him by voicing that I wanted him to do a trial poke with the nurse there... he assumed I would chose to minimize the number of needles I would be receiving but I thought I would be less likely to question his technique later on if he proved himself at the clinic. This strategy worked.
A few weeks back I read somewhere that you should decide on a post needle reward strategy... something to take the edge off. This strategy should be consistent and preplanned. I thought long and hard on what this reward would be... well not exactly...I bought the first season of Vampire Diaries. Episode one... check. Episode two will be watched shortly as I had my first real injection about an hour ago.
I am feeling pretty good right now. I am actually quite proud of myself. I, the woman who faints at needles, remained relaxed during and after the injection. I feel like I am winning right now. What am I winning, I am unsure.. but if feels good.
Of course things would be significantly improved if we both didn't look slightly green at the moment. We are well armed with Cold Fx, a ton of Gatorade and a stockpile of honey which is great when mixed with hot water and lemon.
Needle party, officially begun!
|I debated posting a picture of our sharps container but thought this photo from the Vampire Diaries was far more pleasing to the eye (and the stomach)... via|