PICC Line and Exercise?

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   Posted 4/14/2009 9:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I know that generally exercise and sweating are good but I'm concerned about sweat being trapped under the PICC line bandage.  Am I being ridiculous or can I go ahead and use the recumbent bike that I haven't used in years? 

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   Posted 4/15/2009 1:19 AM (GMT -6)   
you can excercise??????? just kidding, I'm a Scorpio/Dragon.... whooohoooo nice combination.
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   Posted 4/15/2009 2:08 AM (GMT -6)   
When I got my PICC line I was told no repetative motion with the arm where the PICC line is located, and they also discouraged anything too vigorous (such as jogging, etc.). I would think a recombant exercycle would be fine as long as you don't become drenched in sweat at/near the PICC line site.
If you do sweat significantly under the dressing (i.e., you can see the water droplets collected under the dressing), then it would be good to have the dressing changed as soon as you are able to do so in order to prevent infection at the site.

Happy cycling!

I hope this helps...take care,
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   Posted 4/15/2009 11:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Jelainep, LOL!! I've been mostly bedbound for the past few years but am starting to see very slight improvements with treatment. I'm hoping to be able to start with 5-10 minutes daily on the recumbent bike that has been collecting dust in the spare bedroom. lol I figure it's probably the easiest thing to try since most of the time I cannot stand up for more than a few minutes without feeling very weak or like I'm going to pass out. With the recumbent bike I can hopefully just sit down and move my legs for a few minutes a day which is much more than I've done in years. It's just so darn frustrating!

Razzle, Thanks for the advice. Before I started treatment I was always so cold but now seem to sweat so easily. I did only a few minutes on the bike the other day and could not believe how much I was perspiring. Definitely did not have water droplets or anything visible under the dressing. I guess I'm just being paranoid about getting an infection.
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