Bit of surgery tomorrow

By ptsparkle Latest Reply 2009-10-29 19:47:22 -0500
Started 2009-10-28 12:41:04 -0500

Tomorrow I will have a "hickman catheter" put in my chest, so I can get on some heavy duty antibiodics. My foot is infected again, this is third time, so now we are going to get serious. Is anyone familiar with this catheter? I'm not sure I spelled it correctly This will be an out-patient procedure, so that I will be able to do the infusions at home, with home care nurses monitoring. Everyone have a dreat day.

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jayabee52 2009-10-29 02:08:18 -0500 Report

my wife and my prayers are with you jim.

I had a similar surgery in '2006 to put in a line to give me hemodialysis . They say that the definition of minor surgery is when it's on someone else. Major surgery is when the surgeon is cutting on yourself. Ptayers and best wishes JAB

ONeil 2009-10-28 18:02:39 -0500 Report

I wish you all the best, may God be on you side. and hope that everything gose good for you.


Alicia039 2009-10-28 17:30:23 -0500 Report

My mother in law had one of these after her leg was amputated. Due to a horse related accident when she was younger. She did really well with it and the nurses that came through were great.

I hope you get better soon.

ptsparkle 2009-10-28 17:16:55 -0500 Report

Thanks everyone for your kind thoughts and prayers. I am hyped for this and rarin to go, Maybe I'll get some happy pills to go! lol. It will go fine, and I'll post an update when I get back home. Videos to follow!!
Thanks again friends.

Kuini_Lii 2009-10-28 14:55:08 -0500 Report

I had to use a PICC Line last year when I got a staph infection during a hospital stay. The PICC line is a little different than what you are having done because surgery wasn't required and a catheter was inserted into my arm and it went up my arm, through my shoulder, down my chest and directly to my heart. I had to give myself medication through an i.v. every night, each infusion was set to last one hour. The nurses came twice a day just to check that the i.v. site was clean and working properly. The only thing that was bothersome was the tape that held the i.v. down, it was itchy. You may have to wrap or tape up the site where the catheter is inserted when you take a shower to keep it dry.

I know that what I had isn't the same as what you're having done, but I hope my experience was similar enough to yours so that this helped you. I pray that all goes well, and that the medication helps with your foot. Take care of yourself and if you have any other questions, I'm here =)

Have a blessed day!


ptsparkle 2009-10-28 17:19:01 -0500 Report

Thanks for that. My wife had a picc line last year for a few months, and I did the infusions for her. Appreciate your respon se. Bless you.

jtausch 2009-10-29 19:47:22 -0500 Report

I also had a picc line for my foot infection did the IV antbiotics treatments 3 times a day. did it for six weeks but it got rid of my infection

cussinwolf 2009-10-28 14:39:04 -0500 Report

I have never had one but I am familiar with them. I hope your treatment goes well and you infection hits the road!

Sue Turner
Sue Turner 2009-10-28 14:37:46 -0500 Report

Sounds like the catheter that my husband has in his chest. It was put in when he was going through his cancer treatment. It is still in his chest, and has been there for going on 4 yeaars. They left it in, just in case.

Good luck with your surgery. Will be remembering you in our prayers.

cussinwolf 2009-10-28 14:40:00 -0500 Report

That is exactly it, Sue.

ptsparkle 2009-10-28 17:23:04 -0500 Report

Thanks for that. One nurse said it was put there because you could keep it there longer. Jeepers, hope it's not as your husband has had his in. The other nurse said it is more comfortable being out of the way of arm movements etc. Thanks for your input.

hbkunkel 2009-10-28 14:05:52 -0500 Report

My thoughts and prayers will be with you. Any procedure is not fun so I hope your guardian angels will be with you and get better soon.

dj sonic
dj sonic 2009-10-28 14:00:26 -0500 Report

I wish you good luck with this procedure and hope everything gets a lot better for you. I will keep yu in my prayers… Christopher

Hinboyz3 2009-10-28 13:53:18 -0500 Report

Good afternoon, just do everything you suppose to do hold your head up and things will be just fine. Try not to get all upset and all, we all will hold your hand long distance, all your friends here at