Before I started the daily injection treatment, a nurse sat Jason and I down and walked us through how to mix and inject the drugs. As I am not particularly fond of needles, Jason was going to do that part. The nurse assured me that the needle was very small and couldn’t do any damage.
So on the first night, we got everything out and laid it on
the counter. A few vials, a few alcohol swabs, the syringe, and the needle. We
mixed the drugs, filled the syringe, and picked up the needle to place it on
the syringe. I pulled off the cap to then rid the syringe of any excess air.
The needle was MASSIVE! I looked at Jason in a state of panic. “It’s too big!
Why is it so big? It’s not supposed to be that big.” Jason tried to remain calm
and reassure me that we could do this. I was starting to think I wouldn’t be
able to go through with this treatment. “Just put it in half way,” I said. “No,
more like a quarter,” Jason laughed at me.
As my nervousness rose, I started to think there was too
much air in the syringe so as I tried to get rid of it I was slowly but surely
getting rid of the actual drug. In a moment of exasperation I decided we should
just start all over and I dumped the drugs down the drain.
I went to recap the needle but noticed there was something
in the way of the opening. I couldn’t get it out, so Jason took it and much to
our surprise, unveiled the much smaller needle that my doctor’s office had
given us. Turns out the syringes came with very large needles that needed to be
switched out, but when we went to replace the needle after filling the syringe,
we grabbed the original one rather than the small one.
We filled the new syringe, used the right needle, and it all
went off without a hitch.
When we looked back and compared the two needles we had to
laugh that we even for a second considered doing the injection with the first
needle. It would have turned into a bloody mess.
I still laugh every time I look at this ridiculous picture.
Let this be a lesson to all the doctors and nurses out
there- maybe it’s best to give overly specific instructions. It’s okay, treat
me as if I don’t know anything… because I probably don’t.