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   Posted 12/24/2008 6:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm considering a picc line. The dr says it can speed up my healing process. It would probably be in for 6 months.

Anyone had one and how did it go?

What abx do they use?


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   Posted 12/24/2008 6:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I had a picc line and they used rocephin (spell?). It is good if ABX upset your stomach. Sort of a pain in the shower, but seemed to help. I only had it for 6 weeks. Should have been longer.
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   Posted 12/24/2008 7:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I had a picc lne that was put in at the hospital. Afterwards they took an Xray to make sure the placement was correct. It caused me no pain.... just a little hard to bathe, but you'll find ways to work around it (Saran Wrap - haha).

Hopefully your picc line will go as smoothly as mine did.
PS - I asked the nurse during my last round of IV's (I had a periphreal line, not a picc line) if a picc line was safe for long periods of time and she said they could be good for up to a year.

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   Posted 12/25/2008 8:45 AM (GMT -6)   
My wife was on Rocephin for 10 weeks. We wanted to go at least 12 weeks. She wanted to quit. She had no side effects. It seems a typical treatment time would be 5 months. Her daily headaches are gone but no improvement otherwise. She had pulled the picc line out once so when she wanted to quit, we did.

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   Posted 12/25/2008 10:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Merry Christmas


I have had two picc lines. The 1st was rocephin for 3 months then claforan for 1 month. I had some improvement but I could tell we were still missing some bug and was getting worse in other areas. So we pulled it and I tried different orals.

5 months later I was really bad off and my doc had me do the picc again. This time 2 months doxy and zithromax. Then doxy and cipro. Then zithromax and oral doxy. Then zithromax, rocephin and oral doxy. I just had it pulled last week. This one was in 9 months. I am now on biaxin, plaquinil and doxy. I LIKE this combo. It seems to be working.

The shower thing is a pain. But we often sacrifice with this illness. No just jumping in and out of the shower. I used the press n seal wrap and taped the top around my arm. You aren't supposed to do heavy lifting but I did every once in awhile. I have 3 small kids. I did get a hole in both my piccs and had to have them pull it out a little and put a new end on it. For the most part I didn't notice it in my arm. And I kept it covered with a light weight long sleeve shirt all the time. This worked well for me since I was also on Doxy and I didn't want too much sun. I had in home care. So I didn't have to go anywhere to do my meds. They came in the mail and I did them. Then I had a nurse come once a week to change the dressing. IV drugs can be VERY helpful.
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