Sunday, March 7, 2010

Well, it's been a long week! As I said last time I had a new PICC line put in Thursday and the nurse had a lot of trouble getting it in. (A PICC is basically a tube IV that is placed in my upper arm). My arm has been sore, swollen, and bruised ever since. This morning I woke up and could not move my arm because of the pain. We came straight into the clinic and finally got some IV pain medication that eased the pain. The pain is probably just a result from the trouble they had putting in the PICC but the doctor is scared that I may have developed a blood clot or infection of some kind. SO, I get to pay a visit to my second home. They are putting me in the hospital overnight for observation. They will do an ultrasound on my arm sometime this evening (hopefully) to look for blood clots. However, if they do find a blood clot they are not really sure what to do because my platelet count is so low which is quite worrisome to me. In addition they do not want to pull the new PICC line because there is nowhere else to put one. If they do end up pulling it, I will get another Hickman placed in my chest. It may sound strange but I am glad they are putting me in the hospital so I can have access to IV pain medication. I was really worried about what to do when I got home and it started hurting again since the oral medication wasn't cutting it.

So enough complaining! My mouth sores are getting better and overall I had a good weekend. Roberta and David came down Friday to see us and Genie and Carol came down yesterday so we had good visits with family.

Hope you all have a good week! Amy

PS - I miss curling.


  1. Drat it! I just hate for so many things to keep happening to you. I think it is wise to put you in the hospital at least over night to let them be sure of what is going on. I hope this will be something that will clear up quickly and stop plaguing you with all of these nuisances. We're all watching and waiting to hear something positive. Hang in there, God is in control.
    Love you,

  2. I am so sorry that you're having such a rough time. I know you're also nervous about news that you'll be getting tomorrow or Tuesday. By being in the hospital tonight, you'll be able to access the pain medicine and hopefully be more comfortable and relaxed in setting also filled with people who by now know and care about you as well....Sleep well tonight. Will be thinking of you.