A typical GI visit—
I went in for Cimzia injections today. Most people don’t have to go in the office for injections, but I’m participating in an aftermarket drug study. Every two weeks I make the one hour trek south to Atlanta where I go to the Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates Infusion/Research Lab. I submit diary cards that explain (in great detail) my symptoms daily since my last visit. They take a urine sample, vitals, numerous vials of blood, then I receive two 200mg injections of Cimzia. Dr. Wolf comes in and goes over my symptoms since the last visit, previous blood work and tests, etc. He then decides if modifications need to be made to my dosage, if more tests should be run, or if anything else needs to change. I have to wait 30 minutes after the injections, then the nurse (Lamia, or Margaret- who are amazing and I can contact via email pretty much any time) takes my vitals again and checks the injection sites to make sure I’m not having a reaction.