Jump to content

Last day as a Guinea Pig...
Drug Trial


  • Please log in to reply
7 replies to this topic

#1 **MrsPotatoHead**

Posted 14 February 2013 - 02:14 PM

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 original.gif  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 original.gif 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  rolleyes.gif biggrin.gif  ) And we only get fed at prescribed times!!! original.gif

So would I do it again you ask??  Yes... for the money again!! original.gif  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 ohmy.gif


All in all though it's been fun and an eye opener.

#2 Missy Shelby

Posted 14 February 2013 - 02:23 PM

Sorry OP, you are much braver than me, it does not sound like fun at all!! original.gif

Hope you benefited from the drugs you were administered? From what you said they were for weight loss, if you do not mind asking how much weight did you end up losing?

#3 amabanana

Posted 14 February 2013 - 02:45 PM

You're braver than I, OP.   original.gif

#4 Procrastinator5000

Posted 14 February 2013 - 02:56 PM

That's pretty interesting. How much money did you make from it overall?

#5 Foogle

Posted 14 February 2013 - 05:30 PM

You do this for money?  Odd.

QUOTE
but it's been good to do something different for a change.
  
I'm sure.  unsure.gif


#6 eachschoolholidays

Posted 14 February 2013 - 05:54 PM

I trialled a new asthma diagnostic tool when I was at uni. It was meant to trigger an attack (so it was designed to be used by the army etc). Unfortunately for them, not matter how much they gave me it didn't trigger an attack. It was all done at RPA hospital so there were plenty of trained staff around wink.gif

It also meant I got early access to Oxis which was a new restricted drug. It was a long acting reliever and rocked my world!!

#7 **MrsPotatoHead**

Posted 14 February 2013 - 05:57 PM

Without going into too much detail Procrastinator lets say it was the equivalent to me working one day a week for around 10 weeks after tax original.gif  Not a huge amount but will help with some bills that I have been putting off original.gif

Odd Foogle??  How so??  I couldn't get a job as my ex husband was unwilling to look after our children during the holidays so I could get a job (the whole 7wks of school holidays other than every other weekend was my responsibility), all vacation care was already fully booked.  Money is money, I don't care how I earn it.

And it WAS interesting seeing how the same drug can affect people differently, meeting new people from all walks of life and having some great conversations, also helping drug companies trial new drugs to help people... How is that odd?  rolleyes.gif

#8 Fenrir

Posted 14 February 2013 - 06:55 PM

I've done two and I think they are a vital part of any drug trial. The money is good for ones that involve overnight stays.

Of the two I did(both double blind and randomised) we were told what we had after the end. I had one placebo and one drug. The drug was a new Japanese Encephalitis vaccine.




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Special Ticket Offer, Save $8!

The Essential Baby & Toddler Show is back this April! Save $8 off the door price for a limited time only!

Finding baby name inspiration in unusual places

Sometimes the greatest baby name ideas come from the most unexpected places, as these EB members show.

The case for inducing at 37 weeks

While we often think of pregnancy as a 40 week affair, experts agree that 37 weeks is actually “full term". So is there an argument for inducing all births at 37 weeks?

Does controlled crying really work?

Controlled-crying techniques may help some babies sleep through the night, but for many exhausted new parents, it's just a recipe for more tears all round.

How I taught my infant to use a toilet

As people become more aware of these benefits, I hope more parents will practice this method, so we can cut down on nappies and improve baby bonding.

'I thought it was impossible': Emily Symons pregnant at 45

Aussie actress Emily Symons has announced she is pregnant with her first baby.

Shallow water blackout kills fit, healthy dad

A little girl will grow up without her father after the fit and healthy 34-year-old passed away while doing something he had practised his whole life.

Afternoon naps may be bad for toddlers' sleep

You could be doing yourself a disservice by encouraging your toddler to have an afternoon nap, according to new research.

Best gifts for newborns, new mums and christenings

We've compiled a guide to some of the most popular presents for newborns and new mums, and for christenings and naming days.

Jaime King to be a mum again

Actress Jaime King is pregnant with her second child, giving 16-month-old James a sibling.

Nannies should receive government funding

The Abbott government should extend funding to nannies, and direct childcare payments to low and middle income families, a landmark study on childcare has found. 

Common skin irritations in newborns (and how to treat them)

As many as one in two newborn babies suffer from skin irritations in their first few weeks. So what are the most common rashes and irritations to look out for?

10 wall decals for the nursery or playroom

Wall decals are the answer to creating a beautiful nursery or children's space without lifting a paint brush, a spirit level or even a hammer.

Preschooler walks 2.4km home alone

Three-year-old Cain Trainor headed off home after his first day at a new preschool without telling anyone.

Video: Why mums get nothing done

In spite of being in an almost constant state of motion while looking after the kids and trying to keep things together at home, it can seem as though parents have managed to get nothing on the to-do list done by the end of the day.

The middle name game

The middle name is no longer an afterthought, and parents' inspiration comes from many places.

Have a baby or your money back - but there's a catch

A new IVF scheme offers couples the chance to fall pregnant and give birth - or get their money back. But there's more to it than you might think.

A rare glimpse inside the womb

A baby born still inside the amniotic sac gave US doctors a rare glimpse at life inside the womb.

Battered mum forced to write to her attacker ex in jail

Three years ago Jason Hughes viciously attacked his ex-partner. Now she has to write to him three times a year.

Woman pleads not guilty to ultrasound scam

A West Australian woman will fight allegations that she scammed expectant mums by selling them fake ultrasound pictures of babies.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Brain damaged mum receives compensation

A Sydney mother who suffered brain damage when she was hit by a car while pushing her newborn baby in a pram has reached a confidential out-of-court settlement with the driver's insurance company.

Indigenous midwives break down the barriers

A culturally sensitive midwifery service has gained the trust and respect of Aboriginal women.

The Katering Show's next big delivery

Most mums-to-be plan to take things easy and perhaps have a little break from work as the birth of their baby draws near. Not Kate McCartney.

53 creative pregnancy announcements

Announcing that you're expecting can be a time to express your creativity, sense of humour and imagination. Check out how other parents and parents-to-be have broken the news to friends and family.

Why I have mixed feelings about Cindy Crawford's leaked photo

Last week an un-retouched photo of model Cindy Crawford surfaced, showing the 48-year-old mother-of -two posing in underwear.

How to create a Peppa Pig pancake

Thought your toddler could not love pancakes any more than they already do? How about if the breakfast treat came in the shape of every two-year-old's favourite cartoon character?

'It's a little life, not a little loss': pregnancy after miscarriage

I thought I was never going to be able to have a successful pregnancy. I decided that I wasn't going to form an emotional attachment with this baby.

Bonds Baby Search 2015: what you need to know

February 18 marks the start of one of the most prolific annual baby competitions in Australia: the Bonds Baby Search. And this year is going to be more special than ever.

Who will manage your Facebook account when you're gone?

This is not something that people like to talk about, but Facebook has announced that it will grant users more control over what happens to their pages after they die.

Struggling mum of four wins $188 million

Mother of four Marie Holmes was financially struggling after quitting her jobs at Walmart and McDonald's in order to care for her children.

Pregnant obese women a 'relatively new problem', coroner hears

A first-time mother whose daughter died hours after her frightening birth insists she was never told of the risks of being obese and pregnant.

'I'm angry as hell': the story behind mum's passionate vaccination plea

She has labelled parents who do not vaccinate their children "misinformed imbeciles" - and for that, she makes no apologies.

IKEA hacks for the nursery and kids' rooms

Are you one of those that know the whole IKEA catalogue by heart? Love their stuff but want to personalise it? Here's some inspiration to help you realise the potential of IKEA furniture and fittings.

8 different kinds of tantrums

I never thought I’d say this, but for a brief moment last week, Kim Kardashian and I had something in common: both our kids had public tantrums.

Polycystic ovary syndrome: symptoms, treatment and your fertility

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common female hormonal condition, affecting roughly one in 12 Australian women.

What's the best position for giving birth?

If doing it on your back is out, what's the best position for labour and birth?

Wife forgives snake catcher husband for car surprise

With Valentine's Day coming up, Nat Gilbert could be forgiven for thinking her husband might be planning a surprise for her.

Kids who meet milestones at their own pace

We usually only hear the success stories: tales of the two-year-old who’s talking, running and completely toilet trained. But other stories need to be told too.

Ruby shines as Bonds Baby

Sarah Kiss has a word of advice for proud mums and dads who are keen to enter their babies in this year's Bonds Baby Search Competition - just have fun.

Why dads should go to sleep school

If your family needs to go to sleep school, go with them. You are part of that family and you are part of the solution.

36 baby names inspired by food and drinks

A French court may have ruled out Nutella as a baby name, but that doesn't have to stop you from taking inspiration from the supermarket (or bottle shop). See what parents in the US have chosen for their delicious little ones.

Clever breastfeeding products

Check out this range of products designed to help make your breastfeeding journey more enjoyable, manageable and convenient.

 

Win a KitchenAid Mixer

Let's celebrate 300,000 fans on Facebook

To celebrate, and to thank our amazing fans, we?re giving away a KitchenAid Artisan Tilt-Head Stand Mixer.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.