Saturday, July 05, 2008

How to give yourself an injection

Being another in the infrequent series of Public Service Announcements. Many thanks to the Lioness for this lesson.

holding (part one) Injecting (part two)

Should you ever be in the unfortunate position of having to give yourself an injection, here's how to do it. Note that I am right-handed, lefties should adjust accordingly.

First, the problem This arises from our frequent experience of having been given injections. The doctor holds the needle between the fingers of her right hand, with her thumb on the plunger, and jabs it into us in a thrusting right-to-left motion. This is perfectly normal and correct for her because the posture and motion are natural and relaxed.

When we ourselves pick up a needle, it seems obvious to hold the needle as she did and inject ourselves in the right side. Not so! If you try it, you will find your wrist and elbow severely contorted. Your motions will be stiff and unnatural, resulting in bad aim and a shaky hand — not good.

And now, the solution The correct way to self-inject is as shown in the photos. Hold the body of the needle between thumb and second-to-fourth fingers, with your first finger on the plunger and the needle pointing back towards your wrist. Inject yourself in the left side, pulling not thrusting, in a left-to-right motion. This ensures that your wrist and elbow remain relaxed and in a natural posture, resulting in better aim and less hand shake.

And now, if you'll excuse me, I need to lie down again.

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Blogger Zhoen said...

Hang in there, friend.

July 5, 2008 at 6:02:00 p.m. GMT+2  
Blogger Corvi, Corey, Crow, Maggie and Raven said...

I am sending you a hug...

July 6, 2008 at 2:27:00 a.m. GMT+2  
Blogger Dale said...

Hope you're all better soon.

July 6, 2008 at 4:45:00 a.m. GMT+2  
Blogger JoeinVegas said...

Oh, now medical service information here, thought we had to go to the Lioness for that.
Interesting injector, looks like a 1930's Flash Gordon rocket ship.

July 7, 2008 at 12:06:00 a.m. GMT+2  
Blogger Pacian said...


July 7, 2008 at 12:07:00 a.m. GMT+2  
Blogger Udge said...

Joe, it is quite a fascinating piece of technology. It's a readymade unit, pre-filled with the measured dose. When the plunger reaches the barrel, it engages the two hooks there, which release the spring to pull the "sharp" back inside the barrel, out of harm's way.

July 8, 2008 at 6:11:00 p.m. GMT+2  

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