FIrst, I want to thank you in advance for reading this post. I am not a medical professional. I do know, however, that if you want the real scoop, you ask the folks who have the right info. From what I've read, the folks in this forum will have the answers I'm seeking.
I just returned from seeing an Infectious Disease physician, who has determined that I will require IV Rocephin to treat my Lyme disease. He mentioned both midlines and PICC lines. My understanding is that midlines are not as long-lasting as PICC lines. He also mentioned that a midline could be placed by a home health nurse in my home. I don't care if I have to go to the hospital to get whichever type of line placed. I just don't want to end up having this done TWICE.
Would it be to my benefit to request the PICC line (instead of a midline)? THe plan is to start on 28 days of 2grams / day of Rocephin, and then re-evaluate. From what I've read from other patients' experiences, 28 days is often insufficient, and many end up recieving IV antibiotics for at least a few months.
If you have a moment, could you tell me a bit about the procedure, and about the benefits of a mid vs a PICC line? I'm a real pansy when it comes to pain, but a little info can go a LONG way in assuaging my fears.
Again, thanks in advance for any words of wisdom you can provide.
Michele in NJ
p.s. "Home Solutions" is the agency my doc mentioned (i.e., Dr. DeShaw in Morristown, NJ)