Monday, February 15, 2010

The View From Where I Sit...

To get ready for TPN (total parenteral nutrition), or as I will be calling it from here on out, my feed bag, I had something called a PICC line inserted in my arm. This is a more permanent, stable form of IV that goes directly into an artery. There's 2 plugs on the outside of my arm. One for food going in, one for when they draw blood. It looks like this.

It runs down my arm to the IV pole. I got just liquid for the weekend.

Kitties like IV lines...

Now I've got my feed bag which lives in a handy backpack. On one side is my liquid food, and the little thing on the other side that looks like a "Little Professor" toy is the pump.

Now I just have to remember to grab this thing and take it with me everytime I move. I predict I will forget to to this approximately 2,786 times before it sinks in fully.

I will be posting my One World One Heart winner soon and I've also got some good reviews and giveaways coming up so stay tuned!


sAm said...

Wow. That's quite a set up. I would totally forget to lug the bag about - good luck with that!

Alicia, The Snowflake said...

ACK!!! That does not look or sound like fun. I'm even tempted to show my Southernness and say, "Bless your heart." I hope it gets easier my friend. I'm praying for you.

And yes, I can imagine that my cat would have to check it out too!

slommler said...

Doesn't look pleasant to me but one has to do what one has to do! And it is good you are getting the nutrition. I would be tripping over this thing too. I use O2 at night and it took me awhile to get used to that. About one week actually.

lagirl/Sweet Tea said...

Does that come in Chocolate?
I hope you find adjusting to this is easier than you anticipate.

Rachael said...

Just popping in to say I hope everything goes okay!

oleyfriends said...


I found your blog and wondered if you had heard of the Oley Foundation. We offer free information and peer support to people on home tube or IV feeding.

Check out our web site at For a good overview, click on the "New to Oley" button.

Brand new is free online education on preventing catheter (your PICC line) infections. Check it out at:

Feel free to call/email me if you have any questions or would like to meet someone else on TPN.

Warm regards,
Roslyn Dahl
Oley Foundation Staff Member
(800) 776-OLEY


Although it seems to be a bit frightening to look was a fascinating have been the others leading up to this. Thanks for the awareness piece.

SE said...

I think I learn more from your blog than in some of my lectures. :) Hope it's going okay

SE x

Queenie Jeannie said...

You are so brave!! HUGS!!

When you feel up to it, give me a call to catch up!

Ronnica said...

I had a friend who as on that (or something similar) for her Chron' fun! But at least you seem to be keeping up your spirits!

Joy said...

Well bless your heart. xoxoxo