It is time for a tune up. After nearly three months of struggling to recover from a cold, my lungs and sinuses need a break from fighting infection. I need a break too, mostly from being tired and fighting fatigue that tags along with fighting an infection. My doctor and I agreed that IV antibiotics would be an appropriate treatment.
I went in for a PICC on Monday, June 25. This was nearly two years from the date of my last PICC (which was placed on June 21, 2010). The second time was easier in a way because I knew what to expect. But, it was also more difficult because this time took two pokes. The first attempt at placement was not successful. The line would not push past a certain point. So that line was abandoned and we switched over to try the over arm. Everything with the second attempt was smooth and only took about 10 minutes to complete.
In terms of the medication, I am on the same treatment course as last time: Tobramycin once a day and Ceftazidime three times a day. I also have to have labs drawn three times a week. Luckily, that can be drawn from the PICC line.
Moving into day 5 of the treatment, I am feeling better already. I was actually feeling better after the first day. These super drugs are amazing! I could really feel the pressure release off of my sinuses by the second day and I can breathe through my nose again. And my cough has almost completely subsided. I am still fighting fatigue...which I am hoping is more from the side-effects of the medication, rather then the infection.