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January 4th, 2007

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12:11 pm - Health Check Up Questions
Ok...so I just finished my annual physical examination and the doctor at the clinic prescribed me 1 medication and 3 injections to immunize against HPV (which leads to cervical cancer which is apparently an STD, lookit that, you learn something new everyday).  Anyway, my last physical examination was years ago so my knowledge of this...health stuff is pretty minimal. 

Someone help me out here.  When I went to the pharmacy downstairs of the clinic to get the prescribed drug and the injections, guess what, they actually gave me the syringe thing with a pre-filled needle (I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW YOU CAN DO THAT!!) in a package.  Now here's my question...AM I SUPPOSE TO INJECT THIS THING MYSELF?!?!?  It's got the instructions on how to do it and everything, the problem is....I'VE NEVER GIVEN MYSELF A NEEDLE!!!! *SPAZZ!!!!*  So....where the hell do I go to get someone a little more professional to give me this injection??  I mean I knew the Public Health thing was going downhill, but I didn't realize the government gave them so little money that they can't hire someone to give patients a freaking injection O______o


Ok, and when a doctor says s/he'll "refer" you to someone else (say...a dermatologist), does that mean s/he will contact you about a specific one s/he knows or does that simply mean I should go look for one myself?  I'm so...nOOb at this XDD

Thanks guys >__<
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Date:January 4th, 2007 06:11 pm (UTC)
Hee, the needle is no big deal, sweets. I have to inject every single day and I promise you it's no big deal. I'm surprised, though, that they didn't do it for you, I mean jeez.

Also, the doctor should have given you a name while you were in the office - did he not do that? If he didn't, I'd call the office back and ask if they could refer you to someone. If they're not helpful, you can just drag out the phone book and find one yourself.

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Date:January 4th, 2007 07:11 pm (UTC)
B..b...but I've never syringed myself before ;___; (and yes first time for everything I know but it'd be nice to have some guidance for the first time XDD). Stabbing myself's not so scary, stabbing myself in the wrong spot is..pretty scarry D=

No she didn't give me a name, and I kind of assumed they'd do it for me at the pharmacy...I don't go there often can you tell? XDD But yeah, good idea, call them, thanks, totally lost my head there for a bit *headdesk* Thanks pix!!
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Date:January 4th, 2007 06:57 pm (UTC)
Okay, no need to panic ^__^ Take the syringe with you to your doctor's, and they will inject it for you.

As for the referal, it means they will find one for you. So you just need to sit back and wait for someone to call you, or mail something to you.

Hope that answers your questions ^__^ -hugs-
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Date:January 4th, 2007 07:15 pm (UTC)
Ok, sounds good, better than me going at it myself lol, the instruction sheet's going on and on about this deltoid and that muscle and I'm sitting here like a goldfish out of water.

And the sitting back and waiting sounds good too, because I have no idea where to get a dermatologist (are these kind of things listed in the phone books? I'm so used to just googling everything, haven't opened one of those giant yellow things in years o__O)
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Date:January 4th, 2007 09:23 pm (UTC)
I have to admit it is a little odd that you would get a pre-loaded syringe, but unless you've been trained in giving yourself injections, it's unsafe to attempt something like that on your own.

And the thing about specialists in the Canadian medical system is that you generally can't go to one on your own, unless you don't want OHIP to cover it.
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Date:January 5th, 2007 06:50 pm (UTC)
I wish I could help! T_T But I know nothing!

I'm quite shocked they didn't give you the shot themselves. o_O
Date:January 6th, 2007 07:42 pm (UTC)
No injection to yourself! How could the system work this way????


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