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Hi TopSecret, welcome to the board!

How long have you been sick? Is your Lyme doctor in the same state? If so, many states require an in-state doctor to okay the meds. As the others stated, maybe your doctor would be willing to be a liason.

Often the type of IV line placed is called a PICC line. This is usually done at at a hospital and sometimes in a doctor's office. It is not a surgical procedure. The line is usually threaded though the vein of the arm. They may put numbing cream on the area beforehand. You will fill a stick when it goes in, but it should not be too bad. They will take an x-ray to make sure it is in the proper place.

Usually a nurse will show you how to infuse the meds. It may seem overwhelming in the beginning, but it is very easy. She will supervise you until you are comfortable doing it on your own. Many people have a home health care nurse come once a week to change the dressing and take blood. In some cases this is done in the doctor's office.

For everyone on IV in case you did not know there is a great product you can get that will keep the site dry when you shower. It is called a Mid-Arm Protector and you can get it at Brown Medical.

The most important thing about any IV line is to keep it clean and dry at all times. If there is ever any question about the way it looks or feels, call your doctor or nurse immediately. An infection in the line can be deadly.

Were you tested for all the co-infections? How long will you be on the Rocephin?

Are you aware of the Jarisch-Herxheimer Reaction (herx)? Often when people with Lyme take antibiotics, their symptoms become worse or they get new ones. When the antibiotics kill the baceria, toxins are released making them feel sicker. It can be very scary, but it is a good sign the antibiotics are working.

Good luck! Let us know how everything goes okay?
[QUOTE=ticker;2868962]Hi TopSecret, welcome to the board!

How long have you been sick? Is your Lyme doctor in the same state? If so, many states require an in-state doctor to okay the meds. As the others stated, maybe your doctor would be willing to be a liason.

Often the type of IV line placed is called a PICC line. This is usually done at at a hospital and sometimes in a doctor's office. It is not a surgical procedure. The line is usually threaded though the vein of the arm. They may put numbing cream on the area beforehand. You will fill a stick when it goes in, but it should not be too bad. They will take an x-ray to make sure it is in the proper place.

Usually a nurse will show you how to infuse the meds. It may seem overwhelming in the beginning, but it is very easy. She will supervise you until you are comfortable doing it on your own. Many people have a home health care nurse come once a week to change the dressing and take blood. In some cases this is done in the doctor's office.

For everyone on IV in case you did not know there is a great product you can get that will keep the site dry when you shower. It is called a Mid-Arm Protector and you can get it at Brown Medical.

The most important thing about any IV line is to keep it clean and dry at all times. If there is ever any question about the way it looks or feels, call your doctor or nurse immediately. An infection in the line can be deadly.

Were you tested for all the co-infections? How long will you be on the Rocephin?

Are you aware of the Jarisch-Herxheimer Reaction (herx)? Often when people with Lyme take antibiotics, their symptoms become worse or they get new ones. When the antibiotics kill the baceria, toxins are released making them feel sicker. It can be very scary, but it is a good sign the antibiotics are working.

Good luck! Let us know how everything goes okay?[/QUOTE]
Hi
Keep on the insurance company most insurance companies list on their website what medications are covered and which ones need special approval I am still on the rocephin and have had the herx reactions Ride them through and you will get better go on the boards and educate yourself and this can be quite easy to tolerate once you know what you are to expect I have been on mine since dec it becomes routine so I wish you the best If it a little sore in your arm don't worry this too passes and if any questions call your nurses they are wonderful people with questions I have one that comes 1 a week to change the dressing She is a sweet caring person and has agreeded to continue once I return to work today on the night shift The pharmacist at my critical care place that sends my meds is awesome and very helpful
Ryebeach





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