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Not sure if this is the correct place for this , but here goes.

I had some pain, swelling and redness in my right inner calf just below my knee, and my wife suggested I go the the ER. Well, they did an ultrasound and found a blood clot. They put me on meds for a week and it has not dissolved. Tomorrow I have to start on Lovenox which will be a once a day injection in my stomach. Needless to say, I think I will have a hard time sticking a needle in my own stomach, and wonder if anyone else has to do this type of thing.

Any words of wisdom will be very much appreciated.

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No words of wisdom here, but I would like to say I'm sorry you have to do that. I can't even look when the sweet little Red Cross lady sticks a needle in my arm to draw blood, let alone sticking a needle in my arm! Maybe you can pick a fight with your wife and she'll do it for you..... :cry3:

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For several years (6 I think), I had to give myself daily injections. It was many years ago, but I would get an ice pack and put it on my thigh until I felt it was numb enough. The I wiped with alcohol patch and had a plastic device with a spring that cocked and shot the needle into my leg. Pushing in the meds was the easy part.

Jeff

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Man up and just deal with. All kidding aside, blood clots in the leg are NOTHING to play with and can be very serious.

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My mother had to take injections for several years. When she was told of this she said she could not do it, and just had all kinds of anxiety. It didn't take very long and she was doing it as part of the daily routine without stressing over it. You can do what needs to be done. Good luck.

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I Rheuatoid arthritis and have been giving myself injections in the belly for years. In the last 18 months I have had both knees replaced and I used the same drug (Lovenox) after both surgeries. It's really no big deal and you will find that it's nearly painless. Needles today are very sharp and really don't hurt very much. I will always direct the needle parralel to the skin and then angle it down just a few degrees so the shot is just under the skin. inject the medicine slowly. You will do great, don't let your worry make it harder than it is. I wish I could do it for you. Hope this helps.

Ronnie

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For several years (6 I think), I had to give myself daily injections. It was many years ago, but I would get an ice pack and put it on my thigh until I felt it was numb enough. The I wiped with alcohol patch and had a plastic device with a spring that cocked and shot the needle into my leg. Pushing in the meds was the easy part.

Jeff

Hi Jeff, was that Lovenox you were injecting into your leg?

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Several years ago (2009) I had a similar situation, i.e. blood clot in leg and I had to give myself shots in the belly for a week or so, I don't remember exactly, and after the first few times it wasn't that big of a deal.

I'm not a big fan of needles either. I had a promising career as a junkie cut short due to a fear of needles.

Blood clots are a big deal, but you can do what your doctor says and the blood clot goes away and you go on with your life. Good luck.

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I'm insulin dependent. Just grab a chuck of fat about 4" away from your navel. I generally poke around gently to find a spot where I don't feel pain, and that way you avoid slight pinch.

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