I have a Prostap Hormone Injection every 12 weeks and it’s amazing how quickly it comes around. The prostap is a hormone injection which restricts the production of testosterone which in turn helps to feed the Prostate Cancer so it is important that I have this although I am not sure how much it is doing in terms of fighting the cancer.
What I do know is that it gives me lots of hot flushes, some mild some pretty intense.
I arrived for my appointment on time and discovered that the surgery now had a video doorbell! I donned my mask and pressed the button, there was a fairly long pause before a voice asked me if I had an appointment, I said I did and they then asked my name. I could hear the clicking of the keyboard as my name was typed into the computer. Another pause and then the voice said OK I will be with you in a moment and the connection to the doorbell was severed.
In my head I could hear the footsteps of the person walking to the front door!
I was allowed in and asked to disinfection my hands and then directed to take a seat.
Within a minute or two the nurse appeared and called me into the treatment room. The injection had already been prepped and she told me that last time I had the injection I had it in the right side of my stomach and so this time I would have it on the left side.
Although I was prepared for the injection I managed to jump as the nurse touched me, I think it was her cold hands! My jump caused her to stratch me, my fault as I had moved.
Second time I was ready and the needle was in and the fluid was pushed into me. Then it was over and a plaster was put over the hole where the needle went in.
The prostap injection uses a larger needle than a standard syringe and so only certain nurses can administer this injection and so they get plenty of practice with it and are very good at giving the injection.
The nurse looked up the date of my next injection in 12 weeks and so I would be back on the 27th of January 2021. Not my first medical appointment for 2021!
This was my 14th Prostap Injection, 13 have been done at the GP’s surgery and one at UCLH. I think I will continue to be on Prostap for the foreseeable future which I don’t mind although I could do without the hot flushes.