Thursday, February 14, 2013

Take Your Medicine

I have been getting allergy shots (immunotherapy) for the last few months and I thought I would share with you what I have learned.

1. Do not assume that your doctor uses the word "shots" because he is talking about them over a span of time. He means you get a shot in each arm each time you come in.

2. Do not try and plan out exactly how long it will take until you are done with all of your shots. Illness, vacation, and "bad" reactions will put a wrench in your chain (thus driving you c-r-a-z-y.)

3. Books are too hard to read in a busy waiting room, try magazines instead.

4. Set an alarm for your 30 minutes of post shot "hanging out" time. The nurses get busy and may never come to retrieve you.

5. Make friends with the check-in desk person, you will end up seeing her more than you see your mother.

6. If your injection site gets inflamed, ask the nurse to tape an ice pack on it next time. (My doctor's office has ravioli sized ice packs) It helps a lot.

7. No matter how cutely you ask, they will not give you a "Buy 10 shots, get 1 shot free" punch card.

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