How to Give a Neupogen Injection

March 8, 2017

Wednesday, January 18th 2017

The first week post-chemotherapy was the absolute worst. But I don’t know whether it was due to the chemotherapy side effects, or the overall trauma. Maybe it was both. Hence, the absolute worst week.

Think of it… in one week, I was told about my recurrence to the lungs, I was hospitalized, I had a biopsy, I got a port-a-cath installed AND I did chemotherapy. There was no break in between. Needle after needle, I had no time to process what exactly was happening to me.

I’d have to say, for 10 days post-chemo, I was depressed. I felt lethargic. I kept getting visions of what would happen if I died. I pictured my funeral. Who would be there? How would I want it to be? The absolute worst thoughts that could have crossed my mind were flashing in my head. I didn’t want to see or talk to anybody. I’d spend days in my room just staring at the walls.

It’s hard to be positive when you’re physically in pain. For someone who knows how to LIVE IN THE MOMENT like me, I felt it all. So much that it was hard to think it would ever go away…

As hard as they were. Those days were necessary. I had to have them to move forward. After weeping for days, it felt like I had no more tears left to cry. I was exhausted from being sad. I started to feel like I wasting time. Finally, the moment I no longer felt physical pain. I decided to smile.

In between those days, I had to take Neupogen injections to help increase my white blood cell count. One must inject themselves in the stomach for 6 consecutive days post-chemo.

There was no way I was injecting myself in the stomach… so my boyfriend, Vee was forced to be my nurse.

We literally YouTubed how to give a Neupogen injection until he felt comfortable doing so. To give back, we decided to create this video.
As you can see, I’m in better spirits…

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7 Replies to "How to Give a Neupogen Injection"

  • Jess
    March 8, 2017 (8:22 pm)

    When my hubby used to have to inject me we found that if you put ice on your stomach first it numbs it and you don’t feel it. Give it a shot (pun intended) good luck.

    • Nalie
      March 10, 2017 (11:02 am)

      oh really? Ok we’ll try that. Thanks 🙂

  • Tereza
    March 9, 2017 (8:13 am)

    My boyfriend had to do it too ? then one day I was home alone and had to do it myself and guess what it okay and from that day on I felt more comfortable doing it myself because I knew how to do it without it hurting 😉

    • Nalie
      March 10, 2017 (10:55 am)

      Maybe that day will come. Maybe… lol Until then, there is Vee! haha

  • kchandler
    March 9, 2017 (3:08 pm)

    Nalie, you know if you take out of the fridge 30 minutes before you use it, it takes the sting away. Good luck next time, love from Londonxx

    • Nalie
      March 10, 2017 (10:54 am)

      Whattt really! I had no idea! Ok gonna try this next time around! thank you so muchhh. Love London!

  • Antionette Valdez
    March 14, 2017 (1:26 am)

    Nalie, I’m sure you’ve heard about IV VITAMIN C. Have you tried it or consider such treatment? I’d like to know your thoughts about it. You’re an inspiration and I will continue to pray for you.
    Aloha from Hawaii~
    Antoinette