After chemo, I get a Neulasta shot to boost my bone marrow production so my red blood cell, white blood cell, and platelet counts don’t fall too low. My red blood cells have had a hard time staying in the normal range, but (knock on wood), the white blood cells and platelets are staying in the normal range.
The Neulasta is a specialty product, so I can’t just order it for my local pharmacy and pick it up on my way to get the shot. Instead, a specialized pharmacy has to ship it to the Regional Cancer Center and I bring it home with me after chemo to take to my primary care provider’s office the next day. After my first chemo, I was handed a little baggie with the shot enclosed in a small box. For my second cycle, no one realized we’d have to reorder the shot, so it wasn’t available for me to take home. Instead, I had to drive back to the Regional Cancer Center the next day for my shot. We’ve since set it up so the it gets ordered every time.
These past two times I’ve gotten my Neulasta in it’s original packaging. It’s so impressive, I thought I’d do a little unboxing ceremony like they do for new board games.
Start with the cardboard box:
Open up the box and what do you get?
Open the styrofoam and what do you get?
The Neulasta needs to be kept cold, so it’s shipped with three cold packs. These are the best cold packs I’ve ever owned. They stay frozen in the car for over 24 hours. Anyone want some? I get three new ones each time I get a shot!
Take out the cold packs, and what do you find?
The actual packaging for the shot. I should have put something in there for scale, but it’s about the size of my hand, while the box it comes in takes just about both arms to wrap around. No worries about this little thing getting broken in transit! While I appreciate what the shot does for me, I don’t appreciate how it makes me feel (fits right in there with the chemo). It’s the most painful shot I can remember having – along the lines of a tetanus shot – and then it makes my bones hurt for a couple of days. But, eyes on the prize – the chemo is working on shrinking that tumor down to nothing.