Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Bicillin Injections

Icing before the injection
What it looks like. It's a thick paste

After shot
Walking the halls afterwards

I am finally filling you in on my bicillin injections! I think I am up to 5 injections now. I get them twice a week. The process started out drama filled.

My out of town doc wanted to me start the injections after I had been on my new oral drugs for a while, so I called my local clinic and scheduled the injections. Went in as scheduled and they refused to give them to me. Said out of town doc and local doc where not on the same page. Local doc was not aware we were actually going through with the injections and was not aware I was coming in that day. She was supposed to be informed by the receptionist and by the out of town clinic and was not. My chart also stated I was allergic to penicillin, which is in bicillin injections. So I contacted out of town clinic and local clinic to make sure we were all on the same page. Out of town clinic ok'd the injections but local clinic wasn't sure it was a safe idea per the allergy scare. I had taken amoxicillin a long time ago for acne and puked my guts out violently and quickly after taking the meds. Which is what cased the red flag. Like the nurse stated, it probably wasn't technically allergic reaction, but do we want to find out when you are on the table with bicillin being injected into your body which sticks around for a few days and then your throat closes up and we have to jab an epipen into your leg? Mmm, no thanks!

So onto the process to find out if I was allergic. I had to call my old peds clinic from 1oo years ago to see if they had any records from when I was little, of course not, they are destroyed after 10 years of becoming 18. Called the dermatology office and they couldn't verify if that was an allergic reaction or not but the nurse said she thinks it was. I reported back my findings to both of my clinics. Out of town clinic said the only way to be sure was to get a skin allergy test. So I called the allergy clinic to schedule a test. Of course I couldn't get in right away. In the mean time, my mom had taken off work to come with for my first injection in case I had a reaction. Well that went to crap and she wasted one sick day. Then the second time around was coming up and that's when I found out I couldn't get the allergy test right away. And, yet again, my mom had taken off work to come with me for the second try. I didn't want her to waste another day since she is a teacher and its a pain to miss days. I called my out of town doc and explained the situation. Doc there said he thought it would be fine and got in contact with local clinic. At this point three docs all had to be on board and the nurse that would be giving me the injections. They finally all ok'd it and I was good to go to get my first injection before the allergy testing. By this point I was scared to death I was going to have a reaction and they were going to have to jab an epipen into my leg and call an ambulance. They decided it was best to give me a half dose just in case. Thank god things went smoothly and it has been smooth sailing since. Phew, what a pain in the butt!!

So right now I have a nurse injecting one shot two times a week in each butt cheek! My daughter is oh so lucky and gets to come watch each week! Oh course at home see has to reenact it and I get more "shots" at home too! My little doctor! Last week was the first week it started to build up and I was getting nice "goose eggs" in the rear. They are solid and painful! I am thankful I get a week between each shot on each side or it would be really painful! Most of the time I don't even feel the needle go in or the bicillin until we are about to the half way point. Then it starts to burn a little or sting but if it's bad the nurse slows down which helps a lot. I am normally pretty numb and iced up which I think is a big help! Then we walk the halls for 10 minutes to help the meds move around and not gather in a lump and we are good to go.

As of now, per my doc, I will be getting bicillin injections twice a week for a minimum of four months. I have no idea how we will pull that off financially though. That will be in the next post!

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