Monday, February 22, 2010

You can pick your friends, you can pick your nose...

I had a PICC line installed today. PICC stands for "Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter". For those of us who aren't medically inclined, a PICC line is basically a more permanent version of an IV. They inserted it into a vein in my arm, which goes to an artery and then on to my heart. It will stay in my arm for the rest of chemo (usually they last for a month or two). There are two tubes that hang out of my arm, one for taking stuff out of me (drawing blood), and one for putting stuff in me (chemo).

It was really easy and not painful to get the PICC line installed. I wish I would have known that sooner, it sure beats getting stuck a bajillion times every time they try to find my veins at chemo. They used some local anesthetic (like what they use when you go to the dentist) and then a few minutes later it was done. The downside to the PICC line is that I have to make sure it doesn't get wet so there won't be any germies... infections are not allowed, no sir! Also, I have to flush the lines out daily with saline solution. I wonder if I can put my Diet Coke into a plunger and just inject it straight into my veins?

1 comment:

  1. I'd wager the Died Coke idea is generally frowned upon. ;-)