Friday, January 10, 2014

Getting Used To It

One of the things that we heard before we started this process was that people 'get used to' the injections that are required. R has a bit of a thing about needles, and so everyone always joked that this would definitely get her over that problem.

Well, I have news for those of you with the same problem - it may not actually help. To the very last dose of Lupron and even the trigger shot, R had the same reaction. Not quite ready when the needle was ready, always unconsciously positioning herself away from the shot, closing her eyes, and needing to breathe deeply to get through it.

And really, who can blame her? She had a reaction to the Lupron, so basically every day she was signing herself up for more pain, more discomfort, and more stinging at a minimum as the Lupron went into her belly. We tried her arm a couple of times to see if that might feel better, but at the end of the day the belly was always the best. By the end of it she had a couple of bruises and spots all around and below her bellybutton from all of the different needle sticks.

It turns out that giving the injections is easy. What's not easy is feeling like you're torturing the woman you love - every shot hurts, and there's nothing I can do about that. There's no getting used to it.

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