Every day my PICC lines need to be flushed with Heparin and Jerry does it perfectly. He does the work…I do the counting , fifteen seconds clean the lumen, thirty seconds let it dry, slowly depress the stuff into my veiin, do the second one (remember not to do the same one twice). He is good and we’ve gotten pretty efficient about it
THEN comes the shower wrap. Do NOT (I repeat, do not EVER) get the dressing wet. Glad Pressure seal works best. (Not the time for picking up the cheaper brand and hoping for the best). So Jerry covers the dressing (and half the arm). Then he tapes it top and bottom, listening to me complain if he goes up too far into my armpit (I do want to wash my armpit,thank you very much) or if he tapes it too tight (ow, you’re cutting off my circulation) or if he triple wraps the arm (there is such a thing as overkill, you know).
So he gets it done, I go take a shower and Jerry sits back to check his email and Facebook (and take a break from his picky wife).
And EVERY time I’ve gotten out of the shower and peeled off Jerry’s handiwork, the dressing has been perfectly dry. Well done, Ginley
Except today. Peeled off the tape (ow) and the super Glad wrap(ow) and the dressing was soaked….not just damp, soaked.
So we’re at MD Anderson for a dressing change. Jerry knows how to do that too but we don’t have the materials (didn’t think we needed them). Good thing we didn’t have much on for the day. Church, maybe. Jill stopping by for a visit. A walk. I keep nagging Jerry to check out the Y. Maybe today. After the dressing change.
I am NEVER going to take another shower until I get that port. (Just joking Rosanna I won’t show up at your daughter’s house dirty and smelly) Let’s just say I won’t complain about Jerry’s overkill and will be a LOT more careful in the shower. I’m going to blame the excellent water pressure in the Knickerbocker shower for my troubles!!
Okay, some pictures of the PICC flush and the shower wrap. How thrilling! I have no pride.