So I'm sitting here in the hospital with some "Roomies" on our last day of a 3 month drug trial and I am bored out of my brains so figured I would share my journey for anyone interested.
It's been interesting to say the least. I'm lucky that I have had no adverse reactions to the drug other than figuring out excessive amounts of alcohol DO NOT agree with me
And I prayed to the porcelain gods more times than I would like to have on two separate instances before we worked out I should avoid alcohol until the end of the trial... LOL. I have made a couple of new friends and had more needles in the last 3months than I have had in my whole life but it's been good to do something different for a change.
Why did I do this you ask???? MONEY... pure and simple. I knew I was going to lose my job before Christmas so started this in November so I knew I would have some money coming in later (unfortunately we don't get paid till the end of the trial but hey, it's money right... better later than never!!!)
I have had twice weekly visits to the hospital for dosing/testing for the last 12 weeks. And two over night stays, the first one at the beginning of the trial and the second being today our last day. We've also had one 24hr halter monitoring test at the beginning of the trial where by we are connected up to a portable ECG and blood pressure machine and it takes readings EVERY 30mins for 24hrs (Oh what fun that was... NOT!!) We also have another 24hr halter monitoring at the beginning of next week (So not looking forward to it as people look at you as though you're a freak
Anyone who has had a 24hr BP monitor knows how noisy and uncomfortable they are, so every 30mins through the night makes for interesting dreams.
For our overnight stay we get in here at 9am (after fasting for 12hrs) to have our vitals done, cannula inserted (not fun I tell you!) ECG, medical work up and then we get dosed by sub cutaneous injection into our stomachs at 10. Then we have blood taken at 15mins, 30mins, 1hr, 2hrs, 4hrs, 8hrs, 16hrs and then 24hrs with vitals checks at each time. We don't get to eat until lunch time by which we are all starving and obsessing over food and what we are going to be having (not good when it's a Weight loss Drug Trial
) And we only get fed at prescribed times!!!
So would I do it again you ask?? Yes... for the money again!!
Depending on the length of your trial will depend on how much you get. Usually an overnight stay is around $250-300.
It's been hard scheduling the 40min trips into the hospital twice a week and because we must be dosed at precise times there is NO running late or just skipping it altogether, and having just had 7wks of school holidays it has meant dragging 3 children in with me, oh the joy.
It was a double blind trial which means that neither us the or the people dosing us know what dosage we are getting or if it's even the placebo.
We started out 9 of us and are down to 4 of us. 1 got a full time job and had to pull out, another went on a holiday and 2 had adverse reactions to the drug so also had to pull out. All this considering the clinic had hoped to start the trial with 15 people but after screening over 30 people only managed to get 9 people suitable
All in all though it's been fun and an eye opener.