IV Meds – Week 2

Today, the home nurse visited. She changed my PICC bandage; the first one was giving me some sort of rash. The rash is small, little bumps only on my left arm where the line is located. It really doesn’t itch. Nurse seems to think it was the clear tape from my original bandage that was causing the irritation. We’ll see, I guess.

This first week, I have just been really tired. But today, I woke up with blasting headache at 5:30 a.m. when my sweet hubs, LM, headed to work. I tried to tough it out and then took a pain pill. By the time Nurse visited about 10 a.m., the headache was back at it. Ugh. I went outside to pick up the mail and water the little garden. Our tomatoes are still alive even though the temperatures are climbing into the mid 90s. By the time I came inside, I was not feeling well at all so laid down for a bit. Sitting up now, trying to have a snack. playing it by ear today!

On a side note, I am so grateful I am a teacher! I have been able to rest whenever I want and that has been terrific! I do have to work a bit in the afternoon this Thursday, but nothing too major.

Hope all is well out there in the real world, chickies! -B

The Cyborg

This is the nickname my husband has anointed me with now that I have my very own PICC line. Yes folks, step right up to see the show! I’m an official cyborg! My new little friend was inserted on Monday. Now, this is the first time I am doing IV antibiotics, and I hope it will be my last. I was anxious about the procedure but honestly, it wasn’t terrible. It took the doctor a whole 15 minutes to insert and stitch. Actually, most of the time I had no idea he was working on me. I felt the numbing shot, a tug here, a tug there and presto! Done. The doctor and nurses chatted while they worked and I kept thinking, come on doc, when are you going to get busy? Stop chatting and get this thing in my arm, for reals! Ha,ha and then he was done and gone. So the line is in my left arm since I’m mostly right-handed. The home nurse came yesterday. Now mind you, we live pretty far out of the city, in a double wide mobile home with, hmm, well we have six of our own dogs. Add in a few of my mom’s dogs(she lives on the same acre we own, so that makes 8 when the nurse showed up. Holy geez! Luckily, they all ran outside through the roof is door which I closed quickly behind them! Let’s just leave it at they had some great “yard time” yesterday. They were way more than ready to get back into the a/c when the nurse left. She is a small, petite lady and I really like her. I did my dose on my own today for the most part; my husband was very attentive at making sure there were no air bubbles in the line. I won’t bore you with the details of all the ins and outs of the pics….yet. Heading off to bed. The soreness and stiffness have had a hold of me for a few weeks now and today I have just been exhausted. I was still able to work in a few rounds of Candy Crush though so all in all, I feel like the day has been a Victory!   Peace, munchkins. -N