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Old 02-26-2003, 10:35 PM   #1
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Well, I am starting a new medicine for my Arthritis. It is called Enbrel and I have to inject it into one of my thighs twice a week.

Friday is the first day I have to do it by myself. Tuesday, I was given instructions by my specialist in Eugene and took the first shot. After trying several times, I couldn't jab the needle in though and had to have nurse hold my hand and stick it in.

I am so scared that I'll fail Friday and not be able to do it. This medicine is costing my family and I $338.00 per month AFTER insurance. That is about $42.00 per vial. It is really a process too. I have to mix the med with saline and then jab it into my thigh.

I feel like such a pu$$y. But I keep thinking...one more day and I'll have to do this... I am 40-years –old and feel like I am beat up from the feet up, you know, tore up from the floor up

When I was a toddler I had serious respiratory problems and had to get many shots and I got this hatred for them. Then there was the whole military shot thing. See, Shots, SHots, SHOts, SHOTs, SHOTS!!!!! I am really not afraid of much, except really losing my temper. The damages are hard to compute. I have numerous blood draws done over the last four years due to the medicines. But it is different to stick it in you, your self. At least I don’t have to worry about any heroine habit.

I haven't been doing well in my walk with God either. After the job in Alaska turned out to be a big slice of pie in the sky, I have been bitter.

Seems like I only get close to God when I am bleeding profusely...

Sorry,

I am just a little anxious, mad, and depressed. Which is a bad combo. I wish I would remember to pray when times are good. I owe God for everything and fail to count my blessings and give thanks. Now, I gotta go back and ask him to hold my hand on Friday morning.

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Old 02-26-2003, 11:01 PM   #2
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Krue,
Good Luck with your new medicine. It will get easier. I'll pray that you find the strength to get through it and that it improves your quality of life.
I know what you mean about needles. I.V. drug use was never an option for me either. I was really sweating it last year at this time. I was scheduled to participate in a study which involved daily injections of heparin to help treat my ulcerative colitis. I didn't know how I was going to do it. Fortunately, a new study with an oral medication came up at that time and I only have to take more pills. Still have to do the monthly blood work to monitor it. That is more than enough needles for me.

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Old 02-27-2003, 08:20 AM   #3
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Kruechief....I'll do it. The Lord will help you...with everything. Most of the people I know who are close to God ended up that way after a trial, or series of trials more or less forced them to begin to truly seek God.
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Krue,

I figure it took a pretty big man to lay it on the line like you did when you wrote what you wrote. We're all brave in different ways, and weak in others. My brother doesn't like shots either, but if I'm ever in a tight situation, he's my first choice for someone to cover my back.

If I could come up there and take it for ya, I would. But you da man - and that means you can do it. [img]graemlins/applause.gif[/img]

Hang in there, the payoff is worth it.

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I know what ya mean when you talk about "the Walk". Sure is easy to get cocky and swagger when things are going good. Been there. Now things are not so good and now I'm getting back to the heart of worship.

God can take any situation and turn it into a possitive if we let him take control. Let's see, I have had to learn that lesson at least 2 to 3 hundred times during my life. You'd think I'd learn by now.

Trust in God Krue. And for what it's worth, I hate shots too. Went through all those allergy shots, tests and garbarge when I was a snot nosed jr. higher. No fun. Can't watch someone poke me or poke anyone else. Funny thing, I love watching some of those operations on the learning and discovery channel. Go figure.

We'll be praying for ya. Hang in there and go have a chat with your pastor. Get some encouragment.
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Old 02-27-2003, 05:31 PM   #6
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Those Ritis boys are bad and the one they call Arthritis is the worst of them all. I will be praying for you for strength to be able to give yourself the shot that you need, and also for your healing if that be Gods will. It isn't fun to hurt all the time with every movement you make, I have Arthritis my self but not to the point that I have to take special medicine for it.
Some days I hurt real bad and sometimes it dosen't hurt at all, I feel for you brother.
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Old 02-27-2003, 06:10 PM   #7
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I just want to thank all of you for your words and prayers.

Tomorrow is the big day so I am sweating it hard.

I feel like such a wimp. There are so many people who have problems much worse then mine. I mean, God has provided me this medicine and I was able to get it. Look at the millions of people who can't get the medicine they need or are inflicted with diseases for which there are no cures.

I recently started doing substitute teaching assistent work in the district. It is amazing the number of people who face struggles each day that would make me question why. God Bless them.

Well, at least my wife is strong. I know if she even thinks I'm wasting my med or not using it to better my condition that she will personally shove it where it needs to go. I'm glad I married a hometown country girl with grit.

Skein, trust me if I could let you take it... lol Hey, if you ever need fresh smelt on your way through Albany, I'll set you up!!

C&E, it is amazing how God continues to love us despite our big fat over-inflated egos. I sit and think, "look what I've done" and "see my success" all of which were given by a loving Father.

Thanks Br. hey, slayed the smelt the other day on the Sandy. Man, I laid them out on cookie sheets and frooze them over night. 50+ lbs of smelt fills a lot of cookie sheets. Anyway, after that i vacuum packed them. I'll tell you what i can tell a buck smelt from a hen by touch now... lol I got them all packed and ready. I hand selected out a mess of 30 or so bucks and we ate pan fried bait and baked Chinook last night for dinner... mmmm good!

DAB, I started out having minor problems. But the balls of my feet and my knuckles got so bad I couldn't walk some days. i told my super at Oak Creek Youth Correctional Facility and he proceeded to find a way to get rid of me. So, it was hard to take going from a pretty strong man to being barely able to stand or hold things. You are right, i never know from day to day which joint will be hurting or how much. People used to make fun that I would come in limping on my right foot one day and then dragging my left knee the next. How do you explain it?

thanks GP, it is hard to believe that God loves us so unconditionally.

In Christ, 15 hours to go.

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Old 02-27-2003, 06:20 PM   #8
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Krue, I really feel for you and can definitely relate to the fear of needles. I didn't used to be fearful of needles but over the past 20+ years I've been stuck some many times for chemotherapy, alergy shots, and routine monthly blood tests that I break out in a cold sweat just thinking of shots. Thank God that my monthly Protime [blood clotting test] can be done with a small jab of the finger, but even that gets me uptight.

Obviously you have no choice and need the meds.....hopefully either you'll learn how to deal with self injection or find a good samaritan to do it for you.

Keep the faith and hopefully your spirituality will help you endure. I truly hope and pray that the new medication helps you find relief from your pain and discomfort.

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Old 02-27-2003, 07:05 PM   #9
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Dean,

Funny thing, as I was reading your post, I made contact with my neighbor and he reminded me that his wife was a nurse!!!!!

Unfortunately, my neighbor is one of my hunting and fishing buddies so his wife was all into "assisting" me with my shot. She even volunteered to place it in a different part of my anatomy. :shocked:

So, if I chicken out at least I have backup and won't have to waste the med.

Boy, if that don't motivate you I don't know what will! :whazzup:

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Old 02-28-2003, 07:09 AM   #10
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Mission objective is completed!!!

All my myself. whew... Ihope I am forgiven for all the names I was calling myself to get that needle in my leg! :shocked:

Would have looked funny from an outside observer.

Thank you for your prayers, man that was tough.

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Ain't it amazing what big sissys we are when it comes to needles. :smile:
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CandE,

It is so silly. I mean it does not even hurt.

It is just the thought!

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Way to go, Krue. I woke up this morning thinking about you and how I could send some encouragement your way - I was really glad to hear the deed was done and YOU DID IT!

We gotta go fishin' one of these days.

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Old 02-28-2003, 09:24 AM   #14
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Krue my prayers and thoughts are with you If I can help you please feel free to call me at 541-367-1939 Fishmore1 :grin: Scotty
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Old 02-28-2003, 02:30 PM   #15
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Thanks Skein and Scotty,

It was tough.

One of the guys who was a key mentor in my life told me once, "tough times don't last, tough people do."

Lots of truth in that, ey?

Skein, I hand selected out three large bags of Sandy smelt (all most all egg leaking females). Why don't you grab Scotty (fishmore1) and lets go see if we can get a keeper and some shakers up on the Multnomah Channel?

Remember, that I opened that prison in Warrington and know where the Astoria/Skipanon sturgeon are too!

Thanks again,

I got until Tuesday to get ready for the next one.


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Krue, happy to hear that the first shot worked out okay and hopefully it'll become more easy as you go on. At least you know the pain isn't the problem, it's simply the disgusting thought of sticking that needle in your leg.

Sounds like your buddie's wife/nurse provided some good incentive. [img]graemlins/eek13.gif[/img]

The worst is behind you....lets hear it for us sissy's. [img]graemlins/applause.gif[/img]
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Krue,

Good to hear you you got through the shots. Hopefully it will get better. I still want to float the Clack, let me know if ya still want to get outfishing is good. I'll provide the amerman eggs.
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Old 03-03-2003, 08:33 PM   #18
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Thanks Rick,

I am sorry the Willie didn't work out for you.

I am helping my father-in-law rebuild and rerig a sled right now.

Tomorrow is shot day again. It seems the medicine is working so knowing that relief is a shot away is a good motivator.

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Old 03-04-2003, 07:25 AM   #19
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Mission Accomplished again!

Lord, thank you for giving me the courage to overcome this.

Amen

Wow, today I only had to call my self a pantywaist Liberal once! :grin:

WHACK! Right in there.

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Glad to hear its going well so far!!

I'm still laughing at the earlier post from someone about "if I could take the shot for you, I would". Isnt that what we tell our wives as they are going into labor??? :grin: :shocked:

Again, glad to hear you're getting the hang of it.
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Thanks CT,

It was hard at first but one must have a strong will and help from God who makes all things possible.

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Keep it up Loren, you are doing just fine.
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Well, this morning was a snap!

Only had to growl once, snarl, and shoved it in.

Today, I took the time to desensitize a little. After putting in the needle I made myself sit and look at it for awhile.

Thank you all for you prayers and support.

Thank God for the help too!

Now, about finding that new job...

God Bless,

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I am slowly learning that through God all things are possible.

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Krue,
Glad it is getting easier. Hopefully, you are feeling some benefits from the new medicine.

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Krue, I use to absolutely hate needles. I can remember bending a needle in the doctors office from flinching when given a shot. I use to say I would rather swallow a pill the size of a football rather than get a shot. But--with God's help over time we all change. I have gotten to the point where I am one of the Red Cross regulars because they like my blood and my platletts, and I have the blood type they like.

So--proud of you, may the medication relieve your soreness and pain. :smile:
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Krue,

Looks like your dependence on God is increasing and your dependence on self is decreasing, AWESOME!!! keep the faith.You can do ALL things through Christ who sets you free.
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