September 5, 2010

I used to think I had a problem with needles. I guess I kind-of still do, but after giving MorganCat insulin injections subcutaneously (under the skin) for years, I was beginning to think I was over whatever fear I had of needles.

Then Whisper went lame, and because of his age and possible issues, the vet recommended Adequan, one of the few joint supplements for horses that actual had some scientific proof that it works. Adequan is an intramuscular injection given once a month, which isn’t too overwhelming. But you have to “front-load” or give several injections close together to saturate the system so the body can start using the new substance. That’s my unscientific explanation, feel free to correct me. You give seven injections, one every four days. And the needle is HUGE.

big and small
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The smaller, complete needle and syringe on the right is MorganCat’s insulin needle. The needle to the left is Whisper’s. Whisper’s is the needle-size they use for body piercing (ask me how I know). The syringe at the top gets completely filled for Whisper’s injection, all the way to the six. Morgan gets just to the first line, with a one.

I still get a little light-headed and my palms sweat when I get ready to plunge the needle in, but it’s not as bad as I thought it was. Whisper doesn’t seem to mind too much, especially if I’m quick with the apology treats afterward.

So yeah. I think I can handle needles.

By levanah