Yeah sheila, I agree the shot doesn't really hurt that much at all. The only time it hurts is when my mother (retired nurse) gives it to me. I don't know what she does, but it always stings a bit more. I think she is just getting even for childhood transgressions.
Every thing but the needle can go in the trash as far as I know. I'm lucky I have a friend who is an EMT. I just put the needles in an old milk jug and give it to him. He takes it to the hospital. He is a great help with injection site rotation. I do my legs, but he gives it to me in my arms and he seems to know something my mother doesn't, because it rarely even stings when he does it. I wonder if she was going somewhere else for all those years she claimed to be a nurse.
You may know this already, but sooner or later you are going to get a gusher. That's what I call it when I remove the needle and it bleeds pretty good. Don't let it scare you if it happens, umm, like it did me. I yelped like I was a dog and someone stepped on my tail. My long time doctor told me; "Don't be such a sissy" when I told him about it. A little pressure from the gauze pad will stop it. It will leave a bruise that lasts awhile. It's no big deal though. After 10 years the only injection site reaction I have ever had is a little stinging itch that goes away pretty quick and that is pretty uncommon for me.
What I found interesting about your post was that we went the route we did for the same reason. One shot a week won me over, along with the reduced risk of injection site reactions.
I wish you continued confidence in yourself and Avonex. I guess that goes for me to. I like to think it keeps me on my toes on days of doubt.