Mission Accomplished…

Mission accomplished!  I’m now officially a member of Copaxone’s “Shared Solutions” family. Although my switch from Rebif to Copaxone wasn’t part of my game plan, I knew it was medically necessary to bring my WBCs and liver levels back within normal range. Finally, I did receive the autoinjector and my training appointment with their nurse. Phew!  Let the fun begin!

I received a phone call from Robin (Copaxone’s “Shared Solutions” Nurse) letting me know she’ll  arrive in 30 minutes. I immediate thought…30 minutes!!!  Is there an echo here?!?

CopaxonePkgYou’d think this would be no problem for me.  After all, I’ve been injecting for 15 years.  Before long, my stomach began to flutter, my chest was tight and yes, my anxiety was full-blown!  I found myself saying, “deep breaths, settle down, you got this.”

The doorbell rang, the puppers began to bark as I made my way to the door.  I was greeted with Miss Robin’s beautiful smile.  She confidently shook my hand and said hello.  Isn’t it amazing how a simple, friendly smile can instantly put you at ease?

We proceeded to our dining room table to begin training.  I was so grateful hubby was home for her visit. Talk about support!  Everything I needed for the injection was nicely laid out…complete with my notepad…type A wrapped way tight here!  🙂

Of course, I had researched and watched several youtube videos showing the injection process using an autoinjector. I quickly learned injecting Copaxone was very different from Rebif, hence, I was scared to death!  Rebif was a preassembled, prefilled, single-use autoinjector. Prep your site and inject.  Copaxone was like a jigsaw puzzle to me…so many pieces needing to perfectly fit together to inject.  Talk about a new process here:  assemble single dose (which is at room temp) into auto injector, remove cap, adjust depth for needle to reach just under the skin (these are recommendations Robin provided based on fatty tissue of each injection area), prep injection area with alcohol, place auto injector on skin, press the release button, wait ten seconds, remove, and apply ice to area.  Your needle is then removed / cut with a handy little gadget that holds nearly 1.000 needles.  Dispose your syringe into a biohazard container.  Ta-Dah!  “You did it!!!”  Praise the Lord.  I survived!

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PROS:  Inject 3x a week, being proactive – choosing to be on a DMD (disease modifying drug) for my MS.

CONS:  Injection site reactions.  Significant welting post-injection.  Icing for 30-60 minutes does help.

Honestly, I’m not a fan of the post-injection side effects.  The good news is that I didn’t experience the common side effect that mimics a heart attack. Always could be worse.  What’s important to me is compliance. From past experience, I know and value the benefits of an effective DMD and its role in protecting you!  I never want to experience times like that again.

Ironically, yesterday our Pastor was preaching about trusting Him despite circumstances we all may face.  A message I needed to hear and be reminded right now?  I wanted to stand up and shout, “Are you talking to me!?!”  Lord, I get it and appreciate your willingness to be my strength and comfort during times of struggle. Don’t know how I could do it without my faith!   How about you?  What gives you strength and comfort during difficult times?

“Count Your Blessings”

~ This post is my personal experience and outline of what I’ve learned.  If you have any concerns or questions, contact your physician for clarity and recommendations! 🙂

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13 Comments

  1. I wish you continued strength and nothing but the best through this journey. My faith sustains me as well. Thank you for sharing your experience. 🙂

    • Thank you Kelly! Wishing you many blessings and a wonderful day!

  2. Brenda

    Thanking God for the strength He gives us in time of need!!!

    • Amen to that GF! 🙂

  3. Jill

    Praising the Lord my dear friend! In no time flat you’ll have Copaxon mastered! Praying to get the white cells & liver back into the normal range. Love you girlfriend! He has this! When I get back from WI lets get together. Hugs & kisses! Miss you! 💙💚💖

    • Thank you and praises for sure! Had blood work today and can’t wait to get results! Have a great time in WI and look forward to seeing you when your home again, home again! Love ya!

  4. When I was using injections I took Tylenol before hand. It helped.

    • Thank you for your comment Pam…you know what I’ll be doing! 🙂

  5. Susan Clark Denny

    I’m glad you patiently jumped through the hurdles to take care of yourself, girlfriend! Good for you! Love you, love your attitude!

    • Thank you GF! You know this oh so well! Thinking and praying for your always! Love ya GF!

  6. Hi Cathvim so sorry in just getting back to you. I hope your doing well on the Copaxone, your such an inspiration to so many of us. Keep up the good work😘😘

  7. It’s funny that you had some anxiety and jitters before your training because I just experienced a similar thing! I’d been using the Rebif Rebidose, which was all preassembled (guessing that’s what you were using?). But I’ve had issues with the injection hurting. I’m diabetic and inject myself with syringes twice a day for that, for years now, so I’m no stranger to syringes or self-injecting either. Since the Rebidose was hurting, the neurologist recommended I just try the syringes (but it comes with the Rebijector anyway, which looks exactly like yours… several parts to put together). The first time I put it together, I actually found myself humming the Mission Impossible song, like I was putting together a gun or something! (I felt a little dorky.) But I was so nervous when the nurse came over just the same! She put me at ease as well. And oddly enough, after trying both the 3-piece assembly versus the syringe straight, I actually prefer the 3-piece!

    • Hi Jennifer – sorry for the delay in replying! I enjoyed reading you comment – especially the Mission Impossible song! What ever it takes! 🙂 I’ve actually used all three and like the convenience of the Rebidose. Glad you were able to try different options. Regarding the pain, some options that you may or may not have tried that worked for me: meds room temp, body temp prior to injecting, shower before injecting, advil pre-injecting? You can be very proud of your investigating to find what works best for you while managing MS and your diabetes!!! Keep up the great work friend!

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