Sensitive spots arrived

For the last two years, I’ve had to give myself daily injections to treat an autoimmune disease that makes me unable to absorb Vitamin B12 in food or supplements; but I kept getting itchy, red rashes at the injection sites on my thighs from the band-aids I was using. Finally, I found these Sensitive Skin Bandage…

Box on the way

I’ve now been giving myself an injection of Vitamin B12 every day for nearly one and a half years. This is rather a big deal for me as I have a lifelong needle phobia. A few things have made these daily jabs easier — using ice packs to numb my thighs beforehand, setting myself a…

90-day supply at last

Today I received my first-ever 90-day supply of the prescription injection I have to give myself every day. This may seem like nothing, but this was truly nothing short of a miracle. I was diagnosed with Autoimmune Pernicious Anemia a little more than a year ago. Determining dosage is a very personal struggle and no…

My ladybug Buzzy buddy

As a lifelong needle phobic, having to give myself a daily injection has been a real challenge. The very best trick I’ve found to reduce the pain is to use a Buzzy. It’s this wonderful little device that vibrates and has attachable ice-pack wings. The combination of the cold and the vibration trick your brain…

Classing up my daily jab

I’ve been giving myself daily injections of Vitamin B12 for several weeks now. I’ve established a routine to give myself these injections. I guess I’m not really over my lifelong needle phobia yet, just facing it head on each day. A routine helps me get through it. That and reminding myself that this is necessary…

Daily jabs make a difference

As of today I have successfully given myself a B12 injection every day for a week! And I can finally report ACTUAL PROGRESS! B12 injections aren’t new to me anymore. I started weekly injections when I was first diagnosed with autoimmune pernicious anemia in the first few days of February. After 2 months of weekly…

Helpful new trick

I sat next to a nurse at a Passover seder over the weekend; and when she learned I was struggling with stabbing myself with a needle, she offered me some tips. The best tip was suggesting I use ice to numb my thigh before giving myself my B12 injections. I thought ice would be too messy…