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I just got my picc line out, so I can help answer some of your questions...

2) I have 2 kids to take care of and dont want to make trips to the Dr. all the time weather it is 2 hours away to Charlotte or 15 min. to GP. Are there any choices to cut down on frequant trips?

I only had to make two trips: one to get the line inserted, and one to get the line removed. The nurse came to my home every week to change the dressing and take blood samples in the mean time.

3) Can I administer drugs myself to keep from having repeated trips and lower the cost that my state is having to pay?

Yes, I administered IV rocephin through the picc line. It was really quite simple once you got the hang of it.

4) Do IV drugs create yeast like orals do. I guess since it is in bloodsream it never effects your stomach and intestine or does it?

The IV drugs do not create yeast, being antibiotics, they kill most bacteria in your body. Helpful bacteria in your stomach help to neutralize yeasts and without them, the yeast growth can get out of hand. I am taking an acidophilis supplement to help replenish some of the "good bacteria." Although yogurt contains some of this bacteria and I had no problems with yeast while just eating yogurt 3-4 x a week.

5) In 5 days when orals are done would it be wise for me to call Jemsek Cinic and have them percsribe an antifungal like nystatin before taking IV?

I would ask your doctor. Let me know if you have any other questions.

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