I was on TPN for 3 1/2 months for weight gain about
3 years ago. It was a piece of cake and didn't slow me down at all! I even continued to volunteer 4-5 hours a day once a week at our local hospital.
I was on TPN 14 hours a day. I'd start it in the early evening when things settled down a bit and I was done running for the day. Usually about
6-7 PM. By 8-9 AM the next morning I was done w/it. I was given a pole to hang the bag on so that I could be mobile about
the house in the evening and morning whilst on the TPN and a backpack and battery if I needed to be "on the go" whilst still on the TPN (went to my granddaughter's band concert and one 8 AM doctor's appointment w/it).
I had no problems w/itching or reaction to the tape. And bathing wasn't all that much of a chore. In fact, I often took a shower once they added a large clear "plastic" patch over the insert site on my upper arm. The hospital where I had the PICC set used ultrasound to find the best vein but also did a chest xray after insert to make sure it was positioned properly and THEY used a good "snap on" type of "lock" to hold the "line" plus a really nice large clear "plastic" patch that really secured everything!! Like REALLY secured it.
Home health care came in once a week - or as needed - for the blood draw to determine my TPN "recipe" for the next week, clean the site, change the dressing, flush the line and check on how I was doing, temp, BP, etc. My supplies were delivered once a week overnight. When I grumbled about
their taping the line and showed them what the hospital had used they special ordered it for me. Before being set up w/TPN they did a home check, had I not had enough refrigeration space they can actually supply a small portable frige to hold your "meals".
I did run a low grade fever one time when the nurse came out and was promptly referred to the hospital for a 3 day stay whilst they pulled the line, started me on antibiotics and inserted a new PICC. They do NOT mess around! As it turned out there was some MINOR signs of a low grade bacterial infection JUST starting when they cultured the old PICC line tip. I didn't feel the LEAST bit sick or "off" so was very skeptical that it was all a big to-do about
nothing. They were right and I was wrong.
I wouldn't hesitate to do TPN again at all. It was a breeze and I gained weight on it. It was a very positive experience for me.
Some people are like Slinkies... Not really good for anything, but they still bring a smile to your face when you push them down a flight of stairs.