I was admitted into Chez Beauz on 8/17 - due to a pesky partial bowel instruction that has been leaving me nauseous & unable to eat for days at a time. The medical marijuana definitely is a big help - but sometimes internal plumbing has a mind of its own. Anyhoo - a Picc line was inserted so I could get IV nutrition. An e-coli infection was discovered in the Picc line (which still has me baffled) & the Picc was removed. No Picc line = no IV nutrition. I had a 'temporary' IV inserted in my neck so I could receive antibiotics/pain meds. Since my admittance, I've been NPO - no food or drink by mouth.
Yesterday, I went back to Interventional Radiology to have another Picc inserted & the staff said I needed to have another day of antibiotics before placing another Picc line. I asked the Dr how was it possible to have ecoli in the Picc line & he didn't know either. They were unable to put in a tunnel Picc, & a single line Picc was inserted.
So I am thinking I'm finally on easy street with IV access - I have the 'temporary' IV + the Single line Picc.. To my dismay, a Dr on the vascular team came to tell me that neither the Picc line or IV is suitable for TPN. 0_o ! They are considering putting in a Picc line in the groin area (because my veins are completely fried) Since I have an NG tube & unable to eat or drink my nutritional status is getting worse. Well, the day wasn't a total loss, I'm allowed to have the odd popsicle here and there.