Although biologic drugs have been the most incredible blessing in my life since I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) because I’m able to move around now so more than ever, I still cringe every other week when it’s time to stick a needle in my body. And when I say I still cringe, I really mean that I jump up and down, swear, scream and all around act like a 5-year-old who was denied candy. I have these temper tantrums not because I’m afraid of needles, but it just creeps me out when I inject MYSELF with a needle. Honestly, I have no problem with registered RN’s taking a stab at me (they do it all the time), but I am no trained professional.
I recently came across this instructional video created by the folks at Abbott Labs and thought I would share. It does a really good job explaining the proper way to inject biologic syringes (not just Humira). I have to say that I have never given myself the injection in my stomach as I always go for the fatty part of my inner thigh (it just makes me more comfortable), but all of the other steps are right on. So watch this video before you take a stab at it. It’s so much more informative than the black & white pamphlet I reviewed before my first injection.