At 6:55 p.m. last night, the UPS truck pulled up and the driver dropped a box on my doorstep, knocked on the door, and sped off into the night. What timing since overnight deliveries are to arrive by 7:00 p.m. This moment was filled with anticipation since being prescribed Cimzia a week earlier after Enbrel was no longer doing its thing for my RA. The box was carefully opened and the styrofoam cooler inside gave off a mist of cool air as the lid was lifted. Inside was a brightly colored, ergonomically designed box full of a magic potion in ergonomically designed syringes. But anticipation quickly gave way to fear as the thought of jabbing myself with two needles crept into my mind. This was never an issue with the autoinjector Enbrel Sureclick pens. My heart raced as the box was opened. The myriad safety material was overwhelming (I didn’t really read it all as I had spent much time reading websites already). The reading seemed to bring calmness as I joked with my children about the side effects of the clear, viscous liquid.
Band aides were arranged, sterile conditions were ensured, hands washed, and alcohol was swabbed on my stomach. The moment had arrived. The protective cap was removed, the syringe tapped to get the air to the top, the plunger pushed up until the air was removed (see pic that my son took), and then quickly the needle was thrust into my stomach. Surprisingly there was little sensation. This was in contrast to Enbrel Sureclick whose large needles hurt when they go in. Confidence was raised. Then I started slowly plunging the Cimzia into my flesh. Much like Enbrel, the sting of the medicine was quite noticeable and lingering. But it wasn’t over. I repeated the steps with the second syringe. Ten minutes later a feeling of accomplishment ensued. I could actually jab myself! Amazement still lingers about how quickly life became wrapped up in these high level, biological medical treatments.
Now the wait begins. How long until I notice an impact? Will I get my energy back? Will joint pain diminish? Will I be back here in 5 months looking at another medicine? Will I always have to wait for the UPS delivery truck so long? Stay tuned for results.