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3whiteroses
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   Posted 7/16/2010 4:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I get a picc line in next week...I'm so nervous about that and I'm nervous about the antibiotic. 
 
Is getting the picc painful????

betterhealth
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   Posted 7/16/2010 4:56 PM (GMT -6)   
It was not painful for me when I got my picc line inserted last year. They performed the procedure at my local hospital using a floroscope to guide the line into the proper position. They used lanicane to numb the area first before inserting the line. Having the line pulled out 30 days later was completly painless and done by a visiting nurse at my home. Good luck with your IV treatment.
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Lyme Disease - Doxycyline, IV-Rocephin, Amoxicillin, Azithromycin, Ceftin.
 
 


Willowrose
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   Posted 7/16/2010 5:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Good luck with your treatment.  I look forward to moving forward and getting more thorough treatment than these oral meds.  What antibiotic are you taking?
Rose
I have Lyme; it doesn't have me.


3whiteroses
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   Posted 7/16/2010 6:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I will be getting ceftriaxone.  I'm not sure how it works yet.   I will get the picc first and then a nurse is suppose to show me how to administer med.
 
hoping I can tolerate the drug.   I did okay with doxcy...so I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

3whiteroses
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   Posted 7/16/2010 7:24 PM (GMT -6)   
one question...how many people have an epipen in case of a reaction? I only worry since i developed sensitivites. I never had this med before and I'm not sure if I will react. I tolerated doxcy really well, but this is a different type of drug.

betterhealth
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   Posted 7/16/2010 8:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I did get hives almost immediately on my first dose of IV-Roecphin. My doctor gave me an epipen and made me promise not to dose while alone. I took benedryl prior to dosing for the first week and after that I didn't get any more hives as my body adjusted to the medication. I had a good experience with IV-Rocephin and started noticing a significant improvement in my symptoms beginning in the third week. I wish that I had continue beyond the 30 days but at the time my ID doctor would not agree to extend the treatment. My medication was delivered to my home and came in pre-packaged syringes. They easily screwed into the picc line and I would inject the 2 gram dose. I had to flush the picc line with saline and heprine before and after dosing each day. The visiting nurse came to the house once a week to clean and change the dressing on the picc line.

Showering was a bit of a challenge, I wrapped my picc line in seran wrap to create a water tight seal. They sell water tight cuffs that serve the same purpose, but I found the seran wrap worked just fine. My LLMD keeps reminding me that I may need to return to IV-Rocephin at some point.


Peace and Healing
Lyme Disease - Doxycyline, IV-Rocephin, Amoxicillin, Azithromycin, Ceftin.
 
 


Jeminij
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   Posted 7/16/2010 8:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I had a picc line when I was pregnant because I needed iv fluids. It was painless going in. I too was very nervous and had about 1 day to prepare myself. They numb the are first so you don't feel anything. I had to have mine taken out about a week later as it was starting to get infected at the insertion site, but I think it was because I had a student learning do it and I was not happy about that. Good luck. It comes out in easily and quickly at the hospital too so just try to think that it isn't permanent.

bucci
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   Posted 7/16/2010 9:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Getting th picc line put in is a cake walk. see if you can get the one that desn't have to be flushed every day if you are not using it.

I had one that on my days off and weekends I didn't have to flush.

but be really careful don't go outside and start weed wacking like I did. I got mine infected. I got a little too cocky with mine once I was feeling good.
hep c , lyme
Dad has lyme

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