Can You Give Yourself a Shot?

After today, I have a newfound respect and awe for anyone who has to give themselves a shot or take any kind of blood sample from their own body.

You might recall that last week I purchased an Everlywell home cholesterol kit. It’s a lab test you can give yourself at home. I heard about the concept on Shark Tank, loved the ingenuity of it, and wanted to try it for myself.

Before I get to the bloody part, here’s how the unboxing went when I received the kit on Tuesday:

Overall, a professional-looking, clean, simple kit to use. I decided last night this morning would be the the time to use it, as you can’t take this particular test without fasting for 8-10 hours.

When I woke up this morning (okay, specifically, when Biddy woke me up this morning), it was with a sense of dread that I got out of bed. It’s hard to get excited about inflicting pain upon yourself.

But I put on my big boy pants (technically they’re baby blue pajama pants) and committed to follow through on the test. It’s for the blog, I told myself. It’s for the blog.

Really, it was one of those things that I just tried not to think about. I washed my hands, placed the sample card on my desk, placed the fingerprick device to my finger, and drew blood. Here’s what the sample card looked like afterwards:

I don’t mind blood or needles, but I have to say, after doing this, I can’t imagine going through this on a daily or weekly basis (i.e., for people with diabetes). It’s just so daunting to make yourself bleed. As inconvenient as it is to go to the lab, at least then I’m handing off the responsibility to someone else. That’s a lot easier than doing this to myself.

My conclusion is that I like the idea of Everlywell, and I’ll probably do it again…but I won’t want to!

Do you have experience giving yourself a shot or taking a blood sample from yourself? Do you consider it more difficult than having someone else do it to you?