So I had the dreadful experience of running out of T sooner than I thought I would, and CVS, even though online said I could refill it "early" (3 months after last fill) the "by the book" pharmacist was not gonna do it. So I learned that lesson... fortunately the Doctor called in an authorization.
So having my fresh new 10ml bottle, I decided to try the recommended protocol of using insulin 30gauge 1/2" 50iu... But the pharmacy only had 31 gauge 5/16". So I thought I would give the "subQ" approach a try. Having read about slower absorption and potentially less required T, it seemed like a good thing to try.
Here's what my schedule was like going into my shortage, and then the recovery (granted I am early in the recovery):
(30 mg IM EOD prior to this for many weeks)
10/25/2015 30 mg IM
10/27/2015 15 mg SQ
10/29/2015 10 mg SQ
10/30/2015 30 mg SQ
11/1/2015 30 mg SQ
11/3/2015 30 mg SQ
I had a lab done yesterday morning before my 30mg SQ, so this lab should reflect approximately 2 doses of my normal T volume, though administered differently and after a slight dry spell.
Here is how they came back (today)
TT: 494 ng/dL (348-1197)
E2: 8.9 pg/mL (7.6 - 42.6)
to be consistent and make it easier to see this in the context of my previous labs, I'm attaching an image with a table as I previously have.
Certainly my E2 is low, as it was just over a month ago. On 9/22 I switched to .16 mg of Anastrazole EOD (down from .25mg). It seems I am an overresponder, and need to reduce that. So given 8.9 / 22 is .40, I am left with .064 mg. Still doable with my oral syringe. This is my plan for the moment.
Now about the Testosterone. I haven't been below 500 in quite a while. But I'm not sure if the low reading is because of the recent missed / short doses, or because of the new SQ administration route. Having had two 30mg eod SQ injections prior to the test, I was hoping to be back in the target range. But the low number has me questioning dose and route. Today is an "off" day and I'm tempted to give myself a boost.. Or should I stay the course and keep up 30 EOD SQ and test in a week and see how things have changed? What would you do?
ps. this is just an aside and for entertainment... my doctors nurse called yesterday to tell me that the doctor has decided to move me from the 30 mg EOD to 30mg e4D. She couldn't tell me a reason but just "because of your september levels".. Why would a doctor make a change in a prescribed regimen a month after seeing me and without having any labs, discussion, etc? Rhetorical of course.. and of course I am not making that change!