Hi scorpio1960. I agree that you should go ahead and have the line put in and have your friend go with you. What dose of Rocephin will you be infusing?
Getting an IV line seems very overwhelming, but it is typically a very easy procedure. I think knowing ahead what to expect can help you feel less anxious. It does not usually take very long. I found the steps listed below from Googling PICC line insertion:
How is the PICC Line Inserted?
You can also find videos of PICC line insertion on-line. It also may seem overwhelming learning how to infuse, but it does not take long to get the hang of it. The nurse will help you until you are comfortable doing it on your own. The most important thing is to keep the site clean and dry at all times. An infection can be dangerous. If you ever have a question about your line, call your doctor or nurse ASAP.
You can get a sleeve to cover the site so you can shower without getting it wet. It is called a Mid-Arm Protector. One place that has these is Brown Medical https://www.brownmed.com/Products/StoreProductDetail29.cfm?StoreProductId=99 but I believe some pharmacies and hospital supply companies also have them.
You need to ask your doctor about which oral meds to continue with while you are on IV. It sounds like you are taking a lot and he/she may not want you on all of them with the Rocephin.
Good luck on Friday! Let us know how it goes.
Post Edited (ticker) : 2/24/2009 6:52:06 PM (GMT-7)
scorpio1960, you are welcome. Two grams of Rocephin is in the dose for Lyme treatment.
You are funny saying your friend will need to take a Valium too! Hopefully it will help you. Sometimes things seem worse when we don't understand them. Look at getting the line in as the next step to getting well.
Let us know how it goes.
I would go ahead and get this done and over with. The longer you wait the more anxious you will be.
Hubby has had a PICC line in continuously for 6 years now -- in one arm or the other. He has never had any major problems. Used to have to give him IV seizure meds for many years. Also was used for IV glutathione and IV vitamin C and IV magnesium.
On occassion IV pain meds and IV nausea meds.
You are lucky to have a nurse to come to your home. Insurance would not cover home health care, so the doc trained me to give hubby his IV antibiotics and everything else I listed.
Just make sure you flush the line like instructed. Might be a good idea to take something like Wobenzyme or Vitalzym for hypercoagulation. Hubby had to have some lines replaced early on due to hypercoagulation issues.
Just start slow with any enzymes if you have never taken them before.
scorpio1960, I am sorry you are having plumbing problems on top of everything else.
Have you been tested for co-infections? Both Lyme and Bartonella can cause the rages you describe.
Lyme can cause emotional symptoms and depression in some people. It is also hard to deal with so many symptoms and so many life changes from the disease. Try not to be hard on yourself. These things will get better with treatment.
Hang in there okay?