My PICC line was placed two weeks ago today. Since then, I’ve had two dressing changes, 3 days of blood work, 4 nutrient IVs and 3 lactated ringers. When I had my first picc line, every dressing change was painful. However this go around, we’ve had better luck. The first time it was changed, it hurt pretty badly. However, the dressing change was done the day after insertion. I had another one done the day after Christmas. Typically they are done a week apart, but with my type of dressing – even more often. However, I take such great care of it – they decided they didn’t need to change it on the day it was scheduled. The dressing was even great shape on the day they did change it. I keep it covered with a cut up sock all the time. Anyways, the day after Christmas I expected a lot of pain. There was none. It was a bit uncomfortable, but my arm looked awesome!
I am still getting used to having it in. I’ve been sleeping pretty well. I remember the first time I had such difficulty sleeping the first three weeks. I only had a lot of trouble the first two nights.