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    Picky PICC! Plus, GRAND Social No. 216 link party for grandparents

    Picky PICC!

    Heading into our fourth week of me playing caregiver to Jim after his foot surgery due to a horrendous infection that had put him pert near septic throughout his system, things are going quite well. For the most part. He's still using crutches and a walker, unable to bear weight on the right foot, but the swelling is down, a few stitches have been removed, the antibiotics I administer each evening in his PICC line are doing their job.

    There was, though, a snag on Saturday that scared us both. As he went to bed Friday night (bed being relative, meaning the family-room-couch-converted-to-a-bed-til-he-can-walk-the-stairs-up-to-his-real-bed bed), Jim noticed some blood pooled under the plastic seal on his PICC line dressing, blood that hadn't been there a few hours earlier when I administered his daily dose of antibiotics. It seemed to have stopped bleeding and my quick check of the "Beware of these issues" instructions from the doctor said a bit of blood can be expected now and then, so we decided to hit the sack and see how things look in the morning.

    Jim immediately fell asleep (thanks, sleeping pills!). I sat in the chair beside him, keeping watch on his bloody stump arm til satisfied the bleeding had truly stopped then went to bed myself.

    In the morning all looked well, I dropped Jim off at his office for a few hours of work, and when I picked him up I asked about his arm. He looked and it looked like this (warning: blood ahead):

    bleeding PICC line 

    Not good.

    After a scary 30 minutes (which felt like three hours) waiting for a return call from the oncall nurse on the emergency PICC line, Jim got the call to come in and have it looked at.

    I drove like a maniac getting my bleeding hubby to the clinic on the freakin' other end of the city calmly transported Jim to the PICC pros. Turned out it was just a picky PICC line, pulled too tight after the most recent weekly redressing by the RN. All fixed up, we headed home.

    And gave thanks for medical staff who work weekends. And for picky PICC lines that can be fixed fast... for free.

    GRAND Social No. 216

    I'm delighted to once again host THE link party for grandparent bloggers, grandparent readers. Thank you for joining me!

    grand social link party

    How it works:

    • All grandparent bloggers are invited to add a link. You don't have to blog about grandparenting, just be a grandparent who blogs.
    • Grandparents who do not blog (or want to share something other than their own post) are welcome to add links to other posts grandparent readers may be interested in.
    • To link up a post, copy the direct URL to the specific post — new or old — that you want to share, not the link to the blog or website home page. Then click the blue button below marked "Add your link" and follow the directions.
    • I reserve the right to remove posts I feel are inappropriate. (Which hasn't happened yet, but I feel obligated to note that, just in case.)
    • Those who add links to the GRAND Social link party will be sent a weekly reminder when the party goes live. If you prefer to be removed from that email list, feel free to do so (and you'll still be more than welcome to join the party any time).
    • If adding your own post, including a mention such as This post linked to the GRAND Social to your linked posts is appreciated. Or, you can post the GRAND Social button anywhere on your page using the following code:
    <a rel="nofollow" href="" target="blank"><img src="" alt="Grandma’" width="125" height="125" /></a>
    • The GRAND Social linky accepts posts through Wednesday evening, so please come back to see those added after your first visit.
    • If you're not a linker, you have the pleasure of being a reader. Those sharing a link would be honored to have you visit, read and, if so moved, leave a comment even if just "Hey, stopping by from the GRAND Social." Bloggers who link are encouraged to visit and comment on the links of other bloggers, as well.


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    Reader Comments (11)

    Holy Smokes! Happy all is well and praying no other complications arise.

    July 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPatti

    Glad his foot is doing well but sorry you had that scare. Happens many times. You all handled it well. Keep up the good work and thanks for hosting Lisa.

    July 25, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterdaylily

    Wishing you quick return to health-so glad you have each other!
    Best wishes, Mimi

    July 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMimi

    Thank you for this post on Jim; now you can ignore my telephone request for an update. Thanks, too, for another Grand Social!

    July 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAnn

    I'm so sorry that you are going through all of this, Lisa and Jim! You did the right thing, Lisa--always call in a professional when in doubt, I wish I lived closer to give you guys a hand, I hope it is smooth sailing form now on! xoxo

    So glad that the picky PICC line problem wasn't serious!

    July 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNina Lewis

    Oh Lisa and Jim, how scary! But I LOVED the story of the drive. :) Praying for healing and a great week!


    July 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKaye Swain

    I'm so glad to hear that Jim's foot is healing and that the PICC line incident wasn't serious. I know it's tough, but remember "this too shall pass". God bless you both, hang in there. P.S. Thanks for hosting another Social!

    July 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTeresa

    I'm so glad to hear that Jim's foot is healing and that the PICC line incident wasn't serious. I know it's tough, but remember "this too shall pass". God bless you both, hang in there. P.S. Thanks for hosting another Social!

    July 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTeresa

    I admire you and praise you for taking such good care of your husband. I was an RN for 43 yrs and 19 of those was doing home health visits. I taught a lot of people how to care for PICC lines and am amazed at the procedures we ask caregivers/spouses/family to take on. It is a scary job. You have a great attitude and are allowing him to still maintain independence while recovering. Good luck to you both.

    July 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPamela Shank

    That would have scared me, too! I am really glad Jim is doing so much better but I will be even gladder when all of this is just a memory! You have been a wonderful nurse and you're lucky he is a good patient!

    July 27, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGrandma Kc
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