Meet Golimumab (simponi), my new medication. His real name is hard to say, so Mandi and I named him Mo Fo.
I injected myself for the first time about two weeks ago. It was actually easier than I thought it was going to be…
Step 1 ~ I stared at Mo Fo for a half hour. Picking him up and putting him back down. Closing my eyes and hoping Mo Fo would be gone when I opened my eyes again. No luck.
Step 2 ~ Twist off the cap…. now I HAVE to inject Mo Fo within 5 mins. The instructions SAY SO.
Step 3 ~ Push down HARD on my leg. Push button, feel the needle go in and hear the first click… now I have to sit still until I hear a second click. It took about six seconds…. I could hear the plunger pushing the fluid in and I felt it sting.
Step 4 ~ ALL SIX SECONDS fight the urge to pull Mo Fo out and throw him against the wall.
Step 5 ~ Second click! ALL DONE! Weeeeeeeeeeeee!
So, it was easier than I thought… but it still sucked. I felt queasy and threw up 3 times in the next 2 days… which IS better than the last medicine (where I threw up three times EVERY day for at least 2-3 days.) The second week I started feeling dizzy and tired, and the headaches started. I have had a headache every day for the past week and I do NOT like it. Asprin, Tylenol, Excedrin and ANY and ALL of my pain meds don’t touch it.
I looked it up and it is a severe side effect…. so I called and left my doctor a message today. But I am sure as long as my blood tests come back fine then I will have to keep trying to take Mo Fo, as there is really no other option now. There are no new meds out yet, and all I could do is to go back to a med that I had a bad reaction to and try it again. And THAT does NOT sound fun!
I have to inject myself once a month…. and I guess that isn’t too bad and one part I like is that I NEVER EVER have to see the needle! Mo Fo sticks it in and out of that contraption, like a pointy evil tongue, without me ever seeing it! YAY!
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