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Hi mamoo. What antibiotic and dose did you take for two months? How long were you sick before starting treatment? Did you still have symptoms when you stopped treatment? You likely have not been treated long enough or aggressively enough?

What IV med will you be infusing?

Are you seeing a Lyme doctor? Have you been tested for the co-infections? This is very important. Many Lyme doctors believe the co-infections need to be treated first for Lyme treatment to be effective.

Although it seems scary to infuse IV meds, it is very easy once you get the hang of it. Ofen a PICC line is placed for infusions. You will feel a stick when the line is inserted in the arm, but it should not hurt too much. Once the line is placed, someone will probably X-ray it to make sure it is in the proper place.

Often, a nurse will show you how to infuse the meds yourself. The nurse will supervise you for a couple of days until you are comfortable doing it on your own. It sounds overwhelming but it is really very easy. Then a home health care nurse comes or you go to the doctor's office once a week for a dressing change and to have blood drawn.

The most important thing about the IV site is that it should always be clean and dry. An infection in the line can be deadly. If there is ever any question about the way the site looks or feels, call your doctor or nurse immediately.

There is a great sleeve you can get to cover the PICC line so you can shower without getting it wet. It is called a Mid-Arm Protector and you can get it at Brown Medical.

Good luck! Keep us posted on how things are going okay?

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