The hype about
infections and other risks of PICC lines are over-rated. It comes down to good line care. If you take good care of your line, there is little cause to worry. I was terrified the first time I had a PICC line (had it for about
3 1/2 weeks back in 2002), but I did fine with it and did not deal with any infections. My current PICC has been in place for more than 6 months and I have not had a single infection yet. I think initial insertion of the line is the worst part of the whole thing, and even that isn't too bad. You'll be fine.
Chronic Lyme Disease, Gluten & Sulfite Sensitivity, Many Food/Inhalant/Medication Allergies & Intolerances, Asthma, Gut issues (dysmotility, non-specific inflammation), UCTD ("Secondary Lupus-Like Syndrome"), Osteoporosis, Anemia, Lymphopenia, intermittant Pancytopenia, chronic malabsorption/malnutrition, etc.; G Tube; Currently TPN-dependent.
Meds: Zofran, Pulmicort, Heparin (to flush PICC line), IV Cipro (for G-tube site infection).