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Old 06-28-2009, 03:14 PM   #1
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Where can I go to get my pain killer injection at WDW?

I'm schedule to have a Lumbar Fussion Surgery after our Disney trip and right now I'm on Long Term Dissability. I usually on pain everyday but is a pain that with over the counter medication help me a little bit. I can't take a prescription one because I have a very weak stomach and I ended up with a stomach pain. After trying all kind of medication my dr. advised me to try the same pain killer but as injection. I will take my medication with me with a dr note, just in case. This really help me a lot, but I do no have them every day, just the date when the pain is too much to take.

My concern is where can I go to get injected, since my mom is the one who do it for me. She is not going with us and I know that with all this walking I will need it. I'm thinking to rent a ACV (?) but I will try to walk the first day and see what happen. This is a women that used to run 4 to 5 ml everyday and right now I just walking to get ready for Disney. This is very frustating for me.

Any advised?
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Old 06-28-2009, 04:02 PM   #2
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I guess the first question concerns the injection location. Can you possibly self-administer it, or will there be someone who is traveling with you who can? There are RN-staffed First Aid stations at each park (theme and water). I checked with the nurses and they are not permitted to give injections (and also the paramedics are not allowed), unless it is a life-threatening situation. They can provide a clean and private place for you to get the injection, store the medication and dispose of needles.

You would have to go to an off-property location such as Centra Care (an urgent care center) and it would probably not be covered by insurance and would be expensive.

As far as the trying to not use an ECV, basically a person has a certain amount of energy available to them daily. If they relax during the day the amount of energy available will increase; when they sleep at night they recharge their system,

However, when in pain energy is used up much faster than in normal conditions. If you become exhausted, with by what you have done or, more importantly, what you have done while in pain your system will not recharge to the original energy level overnight and you are starting the next day with a lower amount of energy available.

You might pick a location at least a half mile from where you live and think if you would she like to walk there. If you hesitate, then say "and back", and of you are still not sure then add "at least three times in a row".

Once around the World Showcase Lagoon Promenade is more than 1¼ miles; most people tend to average 8 - 12 miles per day at WDW.

And a last suggestion is If you click on where it says "disABILTIES" at the top of this page it will take you to the Index. One of the top items is the "disABILTIES FAQ" which will gives lots of useful information. Post #2 discusses mobility and stamina and renting ECVs.

Or, if you want an easier route, click on the link in my signature.
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Old 06-28-2009, 05:43 PM   #3
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Thank you!!

No, I can't self-administer it, never done it and I don't think I could. I might try the central care if I need it. I supply the medication and the needles, they just have to adminiter.

My mom said she is going to call a friend who live in Kissimmii (sp?) to ask her.

I will consider the ECV and thanks for your advised.
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Old 06-29-2009, 07:15 AM   #4
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Ust agreeing Cheshire Figment.
You also may find that centra Care would not administer the medication either. Even though you have the prescription and a doctor's note, pain killers come under some pretty stringent safeguards and they are likely to not be able to give an injection if painkillers that they did not prescribe themselves. It might be worth a call to ask, but assume the answer will likely be no.

Learning how to give the injection yourself is not that hard. The skill is not that difficult; the hard thing for most people is the mental hurdle of sticking themselves.
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Old 06-29-2009, 01:47 PM   #5
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I had to inject myself with Lovenox after my blood clot 2 years ago. I never thought I could do it, but I did. It's really easy to do. I really would advocate for learning to do it yourself so that if you get in a bind, you don't need to worry. Good luck!
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My suggestion is that you have your doctors office show you how to administer the injection yourself, before leaving for your trip. I have to give myself shots every 2 weeks, and its easy as pie. As someone stated before, its just the nerve of sticking yourself quickly, and getting over the mental hurdle. If you need to give the shot intramuscular (like mine need to be) I've found a good spot to be the top of the thigh, right in the quad. No worrying about reaching around your arm, not hitting an artery etc. Its also one of the body's largest muscles, and it doesn't cramp nearly as much!! Hope this helps you out! Hope you have a pain free trip!!
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Old 07-05-2009, 07:39 AM   #7
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Thank you all for the advise!!

Is like all you said is the mental hurdle of sticking myself, and here I am a Medical Technician and handling needles for almost 20 years and still can't see sticking a needle to myself.

I will take the adived to ask my dr. to help me with this.

Thanks again!!!
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Thank you all for the advise!!

Is like all you said is the mental hurdle of sticking myself, and here I am a Medical Technician and handling needles for almost 20 years and still can't see sticking a needle to myself.

I will take the adived to ask my dr. to help me with this.

Thanks again!!!
I am an RN and have given other people (including babies) shots thousands of times. I have taught people with diabetes to give themselves shots.
I would have the same mental hurdle to get over if I needed to give myself a shot.
MUCH easier to stick someone else than to stick yourself!
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"MUCH easier to stick someone else than to stick yourself!"
You got that right SueM in MN.

I think if the needle is the same lenght as the insuline needle, I won't have to any problem but is double the size because is inmuscular needle.
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