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Spent most of the day at St. Luke's Lee's Summit to get my PICC (Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter) installed and the pre-surgical IV antibiotic regimen started. The installation went quickly and smoothly. I now have a length of tubing hanging out of my right arm and a piece of really clingy plastic wrap covering the entrance area.

Due to the speed with which all of this happened (I got seven phone calls Wed. to set all this up, followng my appt. with Dr. Driks Tues. afternoon), I got confused when two different people with the same name were brought into the conversation, so after my initial infusion with Invanz®, I was told by Sherri I could leave. So I did, and made the 30 minute drive home. I then started calling around to find out how the rest of the treatment was going to be handled, and discovered that I was supposed to go back to Dr. Driks' office to see the other Sherri there to set me up with all the stuff. So I drove back out there and got my supply of juice.

The antibiotic comes in a neat little egg-shaped dispenser with a built-in pump. I can hook it up and go on about my business without worrying about having to hang a bag and sit while it drips (not a euphemism). Pretty spiffy.

Once the labs get back, the docs will consult and we'll set a date for the Toecapitation.

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Date: 2010-11-05 02:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] affreca.livejournal.com
Much sympathy. My MiL has had surgery twice on her foot for infections (she's diabetic). I spent a week with her this summer after she had the second one, and got to help her with drip antibiotics. She did not have fancy pump, and had to wait for an hour as it dripped in twice a day. Just as a warning, some cats find the tubing on an arm port to be irresistibly fun to play with.

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Date: 2010-11-05 05:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] drpaisley.livejournal.com
Fortunately, I do not have diabetes. Or gout. Or Hansen's.

And cats will play with most anything if they can. I have a piece of stretchy fabric they gave me to hold everything together on my arm, so no danglies (no euphemisms were harmed in the creation of this sentence).

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Date: 2010-11-05 03:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-snowgoose.livejournal.com
Doesn't sound too bad. Any side effects, if any?

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Date: 2010-11-05 03:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tully01.livejournal.com
The pumps have been around quite a while -- we used to use them a lot in the old clinic. I imagine the state of the art has improved a bit since then. Hey, now you don't have to worry about strep for a while ...

The Toecapitation? "The Dephalangification of Doctor Paisley." Sounds like a Cold War novel set behind the Iron Curtain.

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Date: 2010-11-05 02:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mckitterick.livejournal.com
Yikes and holy Toe of Doom™, Batman! Do you have a Toecapitation date yet?

I hope all goes smoothly. Good luck.


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