Posts Tagged ‘Picc line through femoral vein’
Theatre has come and gone
and the anesthetist successful in my first ‘choice’ of placing the picc up
through Ivy’s vein in her foot, through her groin, under her diaphragm and
into the SVC of her heart through some back door trickery.
because my fall back choice was to place another hickmans line.
The thought of sticking two week temporary lines into jugulars and carotids
did nothing for me.
Especially in lieu of Ivy’s unlucky streak of late.
So, backed into a corner, I made the only decision left.
The kind surgeon went to biopsy the lumps but ended doing
an excision of the whole area.
Lumps, surrounding tissue and then some because when he tugged on the
first of the samples he found it connected to the next pocket of abscess
and that one connected to the next -
I imagine like when a young child knots a handkerchief
into a long thick rope of cotton.
Ivy ended up with two long incisions to add to her war wounds
and the pain to match them.
When she was suitably drugged on a massive dose of opiate
she asked: “do I have a picc or a central line?”
and when I told her it was the picc she cried so hard
I thought her heart would burst.
Turns out she was hoping for the hickmans
because that would see her home sooner, it would mean no more needles
and she might have made it for The Easter Hat Parade at school.
If only she had voiced that to us while the paed and I were nutting out the
It is her body after all and she has a right to an opinion.
As it stands the girl is quite miserable and in pain and mortified that she
hurts way to much for me to be able to even lift her to the bathroom
and that hurts my heart too.
I had to cut her undies off and
put her in a nappy for tonight.
Embarrassed as well as cut, battered and bruised.
I can see challenges on the horizon for the girl and I as we learn to navigate
this new appendage
but for now I am just happy that the surgical part of this hoopla is done.
Now onto the healing.
For every single one of you who sent positive vibes into the universe for my
girl today, I thank you.
They worked their miracles.