When it was decided that I would give myself the white cell booster 24 hours after chemo (I had the first dose immediately after the first cycle of chemo) to see if it would work better, I thought it was going to be an auto inject. The preloaded type that you push a button and a small spring injects the needle and medicine. But, no…this was a regular syringe preloaded with the medicine. No auto inject here.
My oncology nurse gave me an injection lesson. You practice on a pretend piece of flesh. She showed me how to do it with a practice syringe. Then I practiced. Lo and behold I bent the needle! I was reassured that this would not happen when I gave myself the real injection.
For the next 24 hours I went over and over the self injection steps in my mind. I imagined grabbing stomach fat, stabbing the needle, pulling back the plunger a bit and then slowly injecting the Neulasta. When the time came for the injection, all went well. I did not bend the needle! As a matter of fact, I barely felt the injection
I don’t know if the Neulasta is boosting my white cells. I hope it is. I try to imagine my bone marrow going to town producing those lymphocytes. I do know that I won’t have any issues injecting the next two rounds of Neulasta. After all the worry, it turned out to be a non event.