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?
- A nurse may use an ultrasound machine to find the veins in your upper arm.
- The nurse cleans your arm and covers it with a sterile cloth to prevent infection.
- The nurse places a tourniquet on your arm.
- You get a numbing medicine.
- The nurse puts a small needle into the vein, inserts the introducer needle, and guides the PICC line into the vein near your heart.
- You have a chest x-ray afterwards to make sure that the PICC line is in the right place.
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)