2. Emergency injections: personal stories

2. Emergency injections: personal stories


I’ve injected twice myself and my husband’s injected me once. The most memorable time was I woke up with a splitting headache and my husband had already left the house to go fishing for the day. Took my tablets thinking I would be alright and then threw everything up and knew I wasn’t going to be okay, so got my injection kit out and I literally just followed the instructions box by box and within half an hour I was feeling much better. Having done it once now I don’t worry about it anymore. I know that if I need to inject I won’t have a problem. It didn’t hurt doing it.There was a bit of in my leg afterwards, but compared with how I was actually feeling that little bit of pain in my leg was nothing. If you’re coming to one of the group meetings and they’re offering you a practice session take it because then you’ll find out how easy it is to do and that you don’t need to worry about it. If you haven’t had the chance to practise, the instructions on the website are nice and clear. Just follow the instructions and then you will feel much, much better. During the last 10 years I’ve only had to inject once which was nearly two years ago. The norovirus was going round at that time. I woke up, I was sick several times. Nobody else was in the house so I just thought well I need to get this injection kit out. I was feeling really sick because of the bug, but I was quite calm about putting the two parts together and mixing them up. That seem to be fairly straightforward and actually the injection itself was ok too, you know, it wasn’t really painful putting the needle in. There was an immediate pain all the way up the leg where I’ve done it. That might be I’m told because I do a fair amount of sport. If you get a small amount of pain afterwards the job is already done and if it’s going to save you, that’s the best thing to do. Got a son Ben and he’s 15 now but he was diagnosed when he was 12. We’ve never actually injected him although we should have done and we just instead we’ve rushed him into the hospital, to the A&E. One time we actually phoned the ambulance and it took over an hour for the ambulance to come and then in the end we said well we’ll drive there and they said no, now you’ve called the ambulance we will be there and we just waited and waited and all the time he’s feeling iller and iller and you know that was when we really thought we should have injected him ourselves. It’s my sort of target really now is that next time he is sick I’m going to do that injection and not wait to get the doctors to do it. My situation was that I had to inject myself on a plane flying long haul between Kenya and Amsterdam. I don’t know whether it was something I’d eaten back in Kenya or whether it was something on the plane but it was very instantaneous and just knew that I was going to be vomiting and I also knew that was really dangerous. I called the stewardess and said was there somewhere private I could go to inject myself and she went into complete and utter panic mode and said we can’t do it, we can’t do it and I said I’m not asking you to do it I’ll do it myself, but I don’t really want to do it in front of a plane full of people. So eventually they found me a space in at the back of the kitchen. I had my emergency kit with me. I managed by sort of anticipating it early enough to get my kit out perched on my knee and assemble the syringe and give myself the injection. As soon as I’ve had the injection, even though I was still feeling very ill, I was feeling you know like I could cope with it. I’ve had two or three crises but only one really bad one, had to have an injection. I woke up feeling very sick and I was rushing to the loo and I was really in a bad state. Luckily my son was there and I was shouting and he came down and I said I think I need an injection. She was flaked out on the sofa, really white, grey, withdrawn. Administered the injection and then I think there was improvement probably within about half an hour, you started to feel a little bit better. It was really nerve-racking doing it, you know, injecting your own mum and she was okay. In hindsight there’s certainly a few lessons learnt from it. Should have phoned an ambulance. I understand that an Addisonian, if they need to have an injection, it should always be routine. If we can get it wrong, it’s sort of a message to the rest of the members that they can get it wrong as well so I’d urge everyone to try and remember and have a look and remind themselves about what they need to do with the injection every now and again. And I wouldn’t wait so long because you just go so quickly. One minute you’re fine and then like in two minutes you can’t do it, so I would have done it maybe half an hour before. It didn’t hurt at all and I wouldn’t mind ever doing it to myself and Daniel did it so easily and plus he saved my life, so that was a bonus as well. you


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