On January 2nd, I went in for a dressing change. I noticed one small tiny bump under the stat lock. I told the lady that changed it that it starts out like that, but can turn into a red/blistery/oozy mess quickly. She did the change as protocol for me and I came back the following week.
On January 9th, I went in for a dressing change with a different lady. She noticed a few bumps under the stat lock and I looked and saw that it was more inflamed than the week before. We decided to use just a simple foam strip to secure the picc line and return to see how things looked the following week. She had planned on ordering the specialized securement device that the insertion team recommended. In addition, it was difficult to get the stat lock off my arm. This caused even more irritation. I noticed some itching, but it wasn’t enough to keep me awake or drive me bonkers.
On January 16th, I went in and the bumps had not gotten any worse, but not much better. She used the new securement device and I went on my way thinking the next week it would be improved.
On January 23rd, I went back and there were still some bumps and irritation. Since she didn’t want to put on a stat lock and she hadn’t had a chance to order the new type of securement devices, she put on a strip of sterile foam tape and I went on my way. By Saturday, my arm was itching. By Sunday, it was itching worse. On Monday I went in for an IV therapy and told her it was itching – but I’ve had worse (and that was true).
On Wednesday -I noticed a very small patch of brown on the dressing near where the foam tape was. I pushed it out of my mind since I was going in the next day and got a message that doctor’s office would be closed on Thursday due to dangerous road conditions. My appt was rescheduled for this morning.
I told her it was bothering me a lot and I wasn’t surprised when she pulled off the MeFix dressing. There were a lot of irritated bumps and it was oozing. 😦 I should have trusted my instinct on Monday to have her change it, but the office was so busy there wasn’t time. After she cleaned it this morning, I had her put on a small piece of sterile gauze on the bumps so that the adhesive of the MeFix wouldn’t irritated it any more. She’ll change it again on Monday.
I certainly don’t want to go through the irritation, oozy, blistery mess that I went through the last time I had a picc line. Hoepfully things will settle down. I ordered the new securement device and hopefully my arm will be healed enough to use it by Thursday when I go in for my dressing change. 3 dressing changes in one week when your arm is irritated is so painful.