I had the PICC placed on Tuesday, and Wednesday they had to pull it out 4cm. Apparently the home health company has a requirement and though the PICC team was OK with the placement, the home health would not see me unless it was pulled out a bit. I was honestly expecting way more than what it was with the pull out. I never had them do it before. She basically did a dressing change and just pulled it out some. How ironic that THAT is my biggest fear with dressing changes. Them pulling it out haha! At least I know I won't die or have a heart attack from it now. The thing I don't like is now it sits out really far from the insertion site. That makes me nervous with cleaning it and all. I might have to ask if they can tape it, just for my own sanity, when they change the stat-lock.
Health wise I feel the same. My cough is less but as far as the lungs go....still hurt....still SOB....still tight. IVs don't combat that though. Last night I had a coughing fit and I turned the same color as my bright red tank top. P said "hmmm you sound great babe, sure you were in the hospital?" Pretty much sums it up. It's only been 5 days of IVs though so I am expecting me to feel much better by the end of the 3 weeks. Also, they have me on a different IV this time. Usually I am on Tobra and Ceftaz. This time it is Tobra and Zoysn. I haven't had any real side effects from the Zoysn except alternating liquid poo with no poo!
Also while I was in I had an overnight O2 study done. Wait what? Didn't I just have one like 2 weeks ago? Yes that is right. I DID have one done. But guess who has NO record whatsoever of having it done? Apria. Yeah bastards. Not too big of a deal getting it redone but still. How can you have NO RECORD of it AT ALL? Anyway, I de-satted below 88% a bunch of times so I had O2 delivered last night. Its a smaller concentrator than I had last time and now I have funky green tubing! No tripping over it in the middle of the night now! I am back to using 1L with sleep and still none with exercise unless I decide to start the couch to 5k plan again. Running, jogging, and inclines make my O2 plummet.
Sometime overnight while having the sleep study done, I must have slept wrong and pulled a muscle in my back. The lower back, right around where the back indents just slightly about the butt, it hurts. And I mean HURTS. I didn't even have this much pain with my hysterectomy! I could hardly move Thursday and Friday. Tylenol does diddly for me. I took 4 Motrin when I got home last night and I felt much better. But I woke up around 7am (to do my IV) and again could barely move. So I think I might be taking Motrin 3-4 times a day to keep this pain away until it works out on its own. And hopefully that is soon!
That is my update for now. I have a clinic appointment this upcoming Wednesday to see if the IVs have started to work at all. AND I am done school for the semester! Classes start again the 21st, but I have 2 weeks of blissfully nothing to do! YAY!