Does anyone know about flying with a picc line and meds. and/or having a picc line and doing HBOT?

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   Posted 9/24/2009 3:08 PM (GMT -7)   
In hindsight, I believe I was feeling better when I was on the IV Invanz and doing the hyperbaric.  The traveling was tiring and having my periphreal line continually screw up the last 2 weeks was tiring, but all that might be aleviated with having the PICC line.  Plus Invanz has finally been stabilized and comes in the little cold cream jars instead of a bag and a pole - ugh!  And my LLDr. has agreed to FINALLY leave me on the Invanz for longer than 4 weeks - yeah!
So my questions are, does anyone know if you can fly with a PICC line and carry on the IV medication?  (If by the grace of God I feel like flying).  And, does anyone know if you can do hyperbaric with a PICC line?  From experience I know you can with a periphreal line, but a line inside the body?  I'm not sure and it's Friday so I can't call the doctors until Monday.
If I can stay calm/relaxed, work out a regular routine, with nurses only visiting 1x a week, and a regular daily HBOT appointment same time each day, etc.  I may go for it.  It's a lot of money, so I want to make the most of it this time around without the extra stress.
Also, I bought a ticket home (Indy) to visit for 5 days and then just really went down hill and had to cancel.  I can use the ticket for up to 12 months.... so I can wait, but I miss the P's and I love the Fall (the season, not actually 'falling' - haha!) and haven't been up North in October in years.
I guess you can say that the quality of my problems has improved since this morning!  cool cool smilewinkgrin rolleyes smilewinkgrin cool cool
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Rx's: Wellbutrin 300, Paxil 60, Xanax 5, Acidophilus, Invanz IV, possibly Gammaglobulin, Flagyl, HBOT  

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   Posted 9/29/2009 5:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Dr C in Tampa wants my daughter to do HBOT while she is doing IV Rocephin, so yes you can do it with a PICC line.  We are having trouble locating someone who will accept cash for HBOT though!

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   Posted 9/29/2009 10:15 PM (GMT -7)   

Did you talk with your doctor about your questions?
If not and you need to speak with an HBOT expert, let me know - float me an email at my home email address and I will give you a number to call in Atlanta to answer ur Q.

As for the flying question. You will need to have a physician's letter in the event your picc is more than just plastic. Some have a little metallic device that can set the detector's off at the airport. regardless, doctor letter necessary to explain that his patient has a picc line and is permitted to travel by air. The doctor needs to clear all related medical supplies and medications as well that you will carry with you. These should be listed, right down to alcohol wipes. They should be packaged in clear quart zip bags so that security can see and then carried in a 'thermal' lunch bag or back pack. Carry a few paper towels to lay in the 'buckets that go through the scanner and then let the airport security throw the paper towels away. This will help protect you from germs. It would be wise to wear a mask for when you fly b/c of the recirculating air vents. Liquids need to be broken down in 2-3 oz bottles, clearly marked. Be sure to wear a disposable 'sock' covering your picc area. Have several of these so that when you come off the plane, one gets discarded and replaced by another, etc.. b/c of the airborne germs. Be careful not to be seated in a place that compromises the potential for getting that arm 'bumped'. Take surgical tape along in the event of a leak. Make sure everything is capped securely before you board. It would be helpful if the doctor would send a couple of extra caps, etc.. in the event of need. You can carry materials or make sure they are shipped ahead, as well. When you arrive at the check point, offer your physician's letter upfront so that you can be moved ahead quickly. Make sure your doctor sends with you all supplies, Jennifer. You may need to flush your catheter once you land and get settled. If you plan to send ahead for your medications, be sure to at least carry 3 days with you in the event of the unexpected.. Blessings, ~d
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