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Old 06-02-2014, 03:42 PM   #91
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I had surgery on Friday to install a PICC line- Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter- It is an IV line that goes in above my elbow and the tube dumps straight into my heart. The antibiotics that I am supposed to be starting here soon are too strong for me to be putting in my arteries, they must be put in at the heart so they mix with a larger volume of blood. Doing two drips twice daily, takes 4 hours every day. I mix up an IV bag every night and put it by the bed for the morning. That way I can start the drip when I surface and then go back to sleep while it is running its course. The IV drips are Rocephin and Septra.

On the plus side I am starting to see some improvement in my brain functions- processing and all of that is getting better. Short term memory is also improving. The downside is that physically I am in more pain and have less stamina. Also dealing with nausea which is a problem because I have no appetite and getting enough food is a real challenge.

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Thanks for the update and hopefully you won't have much longer before things start dramatically improving!

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Growing up, a friends mother had advanced Lyme disease. It was very tough on her and the family. Hoping things get better for you bud. Prayer and good vibes your way.

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I had surgery on Friday to install a PICC line- Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter- It is an IV line that goes in above my elbow and the tube dumps straight into my heart. The antibiotics that I am supposed to be starting here soon are too strong for me to be putting in my arteries, they must be put in at the heart so they mix with a larger volume of blood. Doing two drips twice daily, takes 4 hours every day. I mix up an IV bag every night and put it by the bed for the morning. That way I can start the drip when I surface and then go back to sleep while it is running its course. The IV drips are Rocephin and Septra.

On the plus side I am starting to see some improvement in my brain functions- processing and all of that is getting better. Short term memory is also improving. The downside is that physically I am in more pain and have less stamina. Also dealing with nausea which is a problem because I have no appetite and getting enough food is a real challenge.

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Viking, we recently needed some prayers and we are praying for you now too. We hope all works out well for you.

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I feel for you viking. This whole story makes my heart surgery seem like nothing. I will be much more vigilant now. Thank you.


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Every health issue has its challenges. Once you know what they are you know what you are dealing with and for me that has made it easier. I am going in on Thursday to have my doc look at my lung pic. I talked to my Lyme doc and he didn't know of any specific correlation between the Lyme and related diseases and the lung issue. I hope it is nothing major.
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I just looked at my last post and saw I didn't mention that when the surgeon looked at my chest X-Ray to check the placement of the catheter in my heart she saw some "shadows" in my lungs that she was very concerned about. I have never before had any lung issues. I looked at the pics and I see it too. Dammit!

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