I'm home from my trip to Ontario. Before I left, I mentioned that my Rebif injections are becoming a bitter part of my life. A result of my bitterness, is that Jason has become bitter towards the injection as well.

My "vacation" presented itself as an opportunity for me to become more comfortable (and willing!) to do the injections myself, and for Jason to have a break. So while I was away, Ladyfingers performed two of the injections (manually) and I did the other two with the Rebiject (auto-injector). No big deal. But it was a good thing that I always carry an extra needle!

The Rebiject has 3 pieces: a needle cap remover, the needle housing, and the trigger housing. The needle cap remover is a part of the needle housing, that has to be removed prior to injecting. The steps are quite simple: press down the "thingy" in the trigger housing, push the needle into the needle housing, screw the two pieces together, and then remove the needle cap remover.

A couple of times in the past, Jason has forgotten to remove the needle cap remover. Little did I know, the needle cap remover is not a safety device - it is simply a device to remove the needle cap safely. So when I set the Rebiject against my thigh, pressed the trigger housing into the needles housing (the safety release!) and pushed the trigger...I didn't feel anything because I hadn't removed the needle cap piece. At first I thought that I was experiencing an awesome injection...sensation free...then I recognized what I had neglected to do. So I lifted the device off my leg, and pulled the needle cap remover off...

...creating a geyser! Rebif streamed out of the giant plastic needle, arching across the table, and onto the floor.

In the past, when forgetting to remove the needle cap, and after pressing the magic button, Jason has always unscrewed the Rebiject, and started over.

Silly me.



Anonymous said...
November 13, 2008 at 8:17 p.m.

Thanks for the post, Em. I am missing you already, so I came your blog to rebiject....I mean, reconnect!



Ladyfingers said...
November 14, 2008 at 9:06 a.m.

I miss you too. The spare room seems so empty now! I've checked the floor and the finish is still there so maybe the rebif isn't as strong as we thought it was. As long as it does what it's supposed to do.

Mom XO

~ Charlene S Noto said...
November 14, 2008 at 3:31 p.m.

LOL. I've seen that geyser! And Welcome back!

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