It is quite the adjustment honestly. Its not so much the needles that is hard. It is all that PREPPING! My gawd! I am so freaking paranoid after watching the videos and working with the nurse 2 times I am almost positive I am going to get some horrid flesh eating bacteria in me from improper cleansing.
Ok sorry, crazy rant haha (sort of true though). The nurse then sends you home with your supplies: a big RED sharps container and a big box for all your needles, syringes, tape and clampy connector things. I have no idea what they are called frankly. Also a flip chart of the "best" places to poke yourself. It could just be me, but I cannot reach my own tush if you paid me a million dollars. I'm sure there is an "inch to pinch" but I can't reach it. If I was 20? Maybe. My seven year old would be happy to stick mama in the butt with a needle but I didn't offer.
First thing I did wrong when I was on my own? Forget to let it come to room temperature. LAME. So that put me back an hour. No biggie. EXCEPT I forgot by then my Emla cream had worn off. It's this nifty numbing cream you put on to help the bite of the pokes not feel so.....pokey.
Secondly, my child, had to TOUCH everything. No, not just point and ask what it was, she needed to POKE it. This produced a screech from me and then the wasting of many more packets of alcohol wipes.
All in all, I must say, it is not that bad. I have a rash now, but maybe that can be attributed to the cream? It's my 3rd subq and first rash and first time with the cream. So I'm going to blame that instead of worrying about it.
I think the funnest part is my daughter trying to film me with my crappy cell phone (God, please give me an android phone, I really really really need one, really) (Oh and did I say I really NEED one?). I was going to attach but it is NOT being cooperative. Stage fright possibly? I will also attach a picture for those of you who need a visual :) Until next time....ta ta!