I set my alarm to wake me at 5:30 a.m. Hit snooze once because I needed just 10 more minutes to get my mind prepared. But I got up, got my Lupron, syringe, and 2 alcohol preps and got to work. I used one prep to wipe the top of the Lupron bottle, then I peeled back the syringe packaging. Stuck the needle through the cap, drew out 10 units (not at easy as I thought). Wiped an area under my belly button and to the right. I didn't hesitate -- I got a fatty pinch of skin in my left hand and stuck the needle in with the right. Pushed down the plunger, waited a few seconds after that. I then pulled out the syringe and discarded the needle in the biohazard container box that came in the FedEx shipment as part of my prescription. That's it!
Honestly, the hardest part was drawing out the 10 units of Lupron. (All the Lupron injections will come out of this one bottle, FYI.) The syringe plunger was a bit stubborn but I tried not to let that raise my anxiety.
There's a slight, very mild burn at the injection site. Tolerable but noticeable. From setup to administering the shot to clean up, the whole process took me less than 5 minutes. Helpful for when I get ready for work in the mornings; I thought my nerves would make this take a whole lot longer. Day 1, done!
Let the menopausal side effects begin...