Hayfever shots – Update

On Thursday I had my last weekly shot in the immune therapy program I’m in to get rid of my hay fever. This last one decided to go out with a bang. My arm hurt badly all night and all throughout yesterday and it’s still a bit sore. But I am proud that I have successfully achieved reaching the desired dosage. Now they’ll start putting more time in between shots, so I’m sure it won’t be so bad anymore after this. At least my arm won’t feature a nice big bruise anymore. I’m really looking forward to that.

The worst part of it was having to go see my doctor every single week to get a shot and having to wait 30 mins after each shot. It’s just so much time and effort, but luckily that will now soon be a thing of the past. For the next 3 – 5 years, I’ll be going to the doctor’s once every 4 – 6 weeks. That should be pretty doable. As for the 30 minute time frame: my hayfever reaction is pretty weird, I never get allergic reactions when I should have them, but get them when I shouldn’t. Meaning that sitting there for 30 mins is pretty useless for me. For all the side effects I have so far experienced, they all didn’t come until later that night, the next day, and sometimes even 3 days later. I get that they put that time frame in to make sure you’re safe, but it’s pretty useless for someone like me with a notoriously weird reaction cycle.

Another thing I don’t like is that by the end of it the shots hurt so bad and I am now the proud owner of a huge bruise on my left arm. The shots started to hurt so much because the shot should always go into the same arm. Meaning that the tissue underneath my skin was in for a run of its money. I’m really hoping that will fade soon. I’ve had some trouble sleeping over the past few months since my arm hurt too much to lie on and guess which side I like to lie on most? Yes, my left side.

So here’s to hoping that I’ll be doing fine and this thing actually helps. I won’t know whether it’s actually working until August of next year which is when they’ll test me to see whether I’ve built up at least some resistance. Unfortunately for me, spring time could still be hell and it will be another 2 years until I can chuck out the hay fever meds.

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