Big Bawlin' and Shot Callin'
Updated: Dec 27, 2019
First off, hi there! It's been a little while since we last talked and giiiirrrlll do I have some new shit to tell you. I've been running around like a chicken with my head cut off living the skate lifestyle, I forgot to let you know about it! Worry no more, I've got the deets! For starters, I had a wonderful birthday this passed weekend spent with a lovely group of women followed my first shipment of new medication! Today is the day y'all. My injections have finally arrived to me and its the first Monday for my schedule and needless to say, I am SO FREAKIN' NERVOUS! Let's get into the specs of this medication!
I was sent a prescription for Glatopa, generic brand of Copaxone, 40mL, and this injection is suggested to be taken three times a week by injecting the glatiramer acetate solution into the skin by syringe. Let me just say, the idea of injecting anything into my body continuously definitely freaks me out, but I've gotten advice from other people who are using or have used Copaxone or its generic counterpart. So far, I haven't received my starter kit that contains my autoinjection pen, sharps container and other additional items yet, so I am preparing to pick those up in a few so that I can start my treatment tonight and get on a schedule.
Because I don't have the autoinject on hand just yet, I've decided to do the injection manual and push the plunger of the syringe by hand! I'm thankful that Janee' is going to be there when I do this for the first time so that I don't have to go through this alone!
The instructions that come inside of the box containing the medication says that it's best to let the syringe sit outside of the fridge for 20 minutes or more, allowing it to come to room temperature. It's probably just my angst and nerves, but I swear when I took it out the 'fridgerator it was already feeling room temperature. I just want to get 'er done and over with! I've been daydreaming about starting this process nearly all day, and since I am such a wuss about needles and shots, I tried to remember a post I made on my Instagram about pursuing hard and scary things with a childlike mind: just do the damn thing with a clear mind, with no previous notions of how it will feel to you and how you will feel afterwards, as if this will be the first time you've ever done this. I know for a fact that this mindset is a key for me when I'm roller skating because it helps me beat mental blocks about new tricks and goals. It helps me clear my mind from the “what if’s“ and get out of my comfort zone. The same idea applies here. I have to just talk myself out of all the things I know about shots and needles and just go for it.
This is a completely new journey for me, and I'm thankful for all of the guidance and support that I've been receiving along the way from people I meet out and about to the lovely handles on Instagram. It's been a long time coming to find a treatment that works, I'm hoping I finally found one. Until next time, my lovelies,