I am getting weekly nplate shots. How does anyone travel and not miss their shot? Can i bring it with me and have someone give it? Can i go to a nearby hospital and get a blood test to see if I need it? Or can I just take a chance. Suggestions?
NPlate's FAQ section addresses your question here ~ www.nplate.com/faqs
I'm not super convinced it works that easily, depending where you're going. It's something to check out, though.
I faced a similar situation just last week. My MD's office was closed all week for the holidays, so I couldn't get my dose. I respond well to prednisone, so I just took a low dose for a few days to keep my count up till this week. I'll find out this morning how well that plan worked.
My count is generally in the recommended range with NPlate treatment, but I also knew that didn't leave much room for a big drop from a missed dose. I didn't actually want to deal with going anywhere else for the shot, so I didn't mind having to skip one week. I suggested to my MD that I take a bit of prednisone during that time. Five 10-mg doses got me up to 138 during the week without NPlate. Today, count was down to 68 again, where I should be.
I self-inject at home, after being trained by a doctor in the clinic. It takes a few tries to get the hang of it, but it's fine to do. I traveled during the holidays and took several weeks of N plate with me. (Note - take an extra in case you get delayed.) I used a cold pak and a bag, put the needles in a checked bag. The medicine went through security no problem.
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