PICC Line Update

The last time I posted about the pregnancy, I was in the hospital. I have been out of the hospital for a little over a week now, and am pleased with how things are going.

I spoke with a maternal internal medicine doctor at the hospital who went over a very extensive health history with me. He said that the majority of hyperemesis cases are caused by one of three things: thyroid problems, multiple gestation and gall bladder problems. They checked my thyroid and it is functioning as it should, there is only one little person in there so multiple gestation was out of the picture, and I had my gall bladder removed at 17 so it shouldn’t be causing problems now. His solution was to put in a PICC line and administer medications/fluids as needed at home.

For those of you that don’t know what a PICC line is, its a peripherally inserted central catheter…..which is basically an iv that is threaded through a vein in the upper arm that can stay in long term. The “procedure” itself wasn’t that bad. I was brought to a sterile room where a guy numbed my arm, placed the picc line and then had radiology come take an x-ray to verify proper placement.

I was released on Thursday at 10 am, because a home health nurse was supposed to be at my parents house at 10:30 to teach me how to administer the medications and take care of the PICC line. Home health never showed up on Thursday so we switched companies and a nurse came to my house on Friday morning.

My current regimen is pretty standard as far as PICClines for hyperemesis go. I am on a regimen of IV Pepcid, IV Zofran and IV Phenergan. I also run a bag of saline with potassium at night.

Overall, I am doing so much better than I was. I am still pretty nauseous throughout the day, and smells really get to me…..but I’ve only puked 8 times in a week. That’s like once a day! I’ve gained 3 pounds (which the doctor says is water weight, but we’ll take it) and don’t look like hell anymore. My arm is a bit sore, especially my shoulder. That should go away when the PICC line is removed. I go back in 2 weeks to check in and see if we can get rid of it yet.

If you are reading this post and have Hyperemesis Gravidarum……I highly urge you to continue fighting until you find something that works for you. There is always something that will help you feel better…….you just need to find it. If your doctor isn’t taking how you feel seriously, find a new doctor. If you know someone going through HG, offer support. Volunteer to help clean their house, take the kids for a day, make the spouse a meal……whatever you can do to help. They may refuse help, but it is always appreciated!



5 thoughts on “PICC Line Update

  1. I’m so happy for you that they finally found something that seems to be working!! Obviously not a perfect situation, but at least you’re overall feeling better.


  2. Oh goodness… How is it going with taking care of Luke? I had a pic line once for a nasty kidney infection and I wasn’t supposed to lift anything heavier than a gallon of milk? That was fun as the nanny of a toddler at the time!


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