I was diagnosed in February as being B12 deficient but did not learn until July (with a change of surgeries and a different GP) that I have pernicious anaemia. In February I was given the loading dose and placed on an automatic 12 week top up. Realizing I did not do very well on the 12 weeks and having asked at the original surgery I was put on a 10 week top up period. It has blatantly not been enough. Even now my toes constantly tingle and the forefoot pad feels uncomfortable let alone the fatigue.
I have been reading quite a bit on here when time allows and am trying to learn what I can and what will stay in the old memory but I do find it all quite confusing.
I am currently on holiday and following the advice of a friend who lives here I went to the local chemist who looked at the UK prescription I had with me promptly sold me B12 and a syringe and offered to inject me at no extra cost. I was thrilled to find it all so easy. The young woman behind the counter told me her mother has weekly injections and to come back the following week for another injection. Duly done and the benefit is so noticeable. My husband says how much difference he has noticed in my general mood and energy levels.
All of this has prompted me to be brave and consider self injecting. I can buy all I need without any hassle from the chemist (all in all I think it works out around £2.50 per ampule) to bring back to the UK. I will continue to have my 10 weekly injections at the surgery as I do not want to be overlooked by the NHS.
Is there a good YouTube clip that you would recommend where I can learn how to self inject. I have looked at a few and there seems to be different ways. I do not think I can manage to self inject in the haunch area as this old body is a bit stiff these days but the thigh method looks easier.
I am trying to be proactive and self care but sometimes I feel rather overwhelmed so would appreciate your valuable experience and input.
Thank you in advance for your help.