Day 4,192 – Eligard Injection

This morning was not fun at all.

I checked in at 7:30 a.m. for my 8 a.m. appointment and was a bit nervous but doing generally okay. But around 8:05 a.m., the nurse came out and said, “I know you’re here for some medication, but the doctor forgot to enter the order for it to be administered into your record. We’re trying to track her down now and we’re not sure how long it will take.”

Needless to say, I was not a happy camper.

About 8:45 a.m., the nurse came back out to the waiting area for another patient, and I interrupted and asked him the status of tracking down the doctor. “Oh. We haven’t found her yet. We’re trying to contact any doctor but most don’t come in until after 9 a.m.”

Still not a happy camper.

As you all know, I’ve anguished over the decision to move forward with androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) for a while now. Once you make that decision, you want to move forward with it and psychologically prepare yourself for the event. When you’re given an extra hour and a half, your mind begins to race and to question whether to move forward with this essentially irreversible procedure. At least that’s what my mind did. Call me silly.

The injection itself went well. In fact, it was not much worse than getting my second COVID booster shot last week (or any vaccination). It’s been about three hours since the injection, and the injection site isn’t even sore. It was pretty much a non-event. Time will tell what other side effects will kick in, and how severe they may be.

Well, the stress from this morning has worn me out. Time for a little nap.

More to come, I’m sure.

Be well!

15 thoughts on “Day 4,192 – Eligard Injection

  1. Gary McDonnell

    Hi Dan
    An update on my reply to your post on March 25th. My first shot of Zoladex was on March 16th and my PSA reading at the time was .370. I just had my quarterly PSA on April 22nd and my reading was <.008 (undetectable). I know the ADT is intended to bring your PSA down but was surprised that it had dropped that quickly. My oncologist indicated that the quick drop in the PSA was a good sign. I continue to have no real side effects and I wish you well going forward.

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    1. Hi Gary. That’s great news for you on both counts–undetectable PSA and no appreciable side effects. I hope things continue that way for you.

      Dan

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  2. seaniejoe

    Hi Dan, hope the rest of the treatment goes well. Sometimes a nap does you good, gives you a new perspective on things. Hope your perspective is bright.
    Peace my friend.
    Sean

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    1. Hi Sean. Thanks. Yes, the nap helped a bit. I was just too worked up this morning, and was emotionally drained. I’m sure I’ll be fine going forward.

      Dan

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  3. cdcfbw

    Hello Dan, I can sympathize with your Dr’s wait as I had to wait on my urologist for over an hour last summer. You probably will not feel any SE at first. It will take awhile for them to set in. I begin to feel hot flashes maybe two weeks in and at about a couple of month’s is when I started crying at things I never felt that way about before. You will notice you no longer are interested in sex of any kind and your shrinkage of genitalia. Exercise will help and I had depression but just withered thru it. I am now at 1yr past my first 3mo (of 2) Lupron shot and still cannot do anything sexually. I have the libido somewhat but can’t get anywhere with it, oh well I may just give up eventually if no improvement. I hope you do well in the ADT and you just have to remember it is not forever, at least it’s not for most. Good luck!
    Charles

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    1. Hey Charles,

      Thanks for sharing your story. That helps me know what to expect and when. I was just on edge this morning, and the delay added to that (all before the hormones kicked in! 😂 ) Oh well. At this point, I’m pretty much just along for the ride at this point.

      Dan

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