They Didn't Ask Me (dr_phil_physics) wrote,
They Didn't Ask Me


Friday the 13th isn't really any worse than any other day -- we just like pattern matching so much we make a big deal. Full moon? Might or might not be statistically relevant. In any case, I'm not worried about those.

But... as if spending a couple of hours a day tied up to an IV at home twice a day isn't annoying enough, my PICC line is slowing down. It's supposed to flow at 20 drops per 15 seconds. But by the weekend, I had to adjust the control to full flow to go that fast. And in the last couple of days it's gotten slower. Usually picks up a bit after some time. So that 15 seconds went to 20 and 17 seconds. Then 25 and 19. And last night was 30 and maybe close to 20-22 seconds. Took three hours instead of two.

I did call it in to Spectrum Home Nursing. Right now we have two kinds of flushes, saline solution before and after, and heparin before clamping off and capping the PICC line. But there's a third kind of flush, with an enzyme to dissolve a blockage at the interior end of the PICC line. Pretty sure they did that once or twice last summer and I imagine we need to do it this time. The IV pharmacy is a bit stingy with handing these out -- probably for good reasons. But three hours wide open for a two hour infusion? That's not acceptable.

This morning, though, I managed a new one. After spiking the bag and getting ready to hang it up on the IV stand, it started dripping. The pointy plastic spike had poked a hole in the little tube at the base of the IV bag. Didn't know it could do that.

So I got up and tossed the bag and primary set into the sink and got another bag out ol the fridge upstairs. Thankfully there was one. The rest are in the minifridge downstairs and I can't do those stairs right now. But... you have to wait an hour for it to warm up. Even then it's still somewhat cold, so I have the heat pump on heat to get the house temp up to 73°F.

A 9:45am start instead of 8:45. If it does take three hours again, I won't be done til 12:45. So I'll be late for my hyperbaric oxygen chamber session. Called down there already. If I'm going to be much more than an hour late, they may cancel, seeing as I'm one of the last of the day as it is. Grrrr.

And you thought this being home stuff was easy. (grin)

Dr. Phil

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