So it begins

Well, one day down, one more...or, maybe several more to go but one day is down!  I will post a couple of pics at the end.  If you have a queasy stomach, you may just want to shut er down before you get to the end.  They aren't horrible but it is a little freakish. 

Shelbie did okay.  She was more anxious about being awake and the different sensations of threading wires and tubes through your veins than she was of any pain.  She was a trooper though. (So was I ...just for the record...;-) In case you were wondering...) The nurses were great and had a super good sense of humor and that makes all the difference in the world really.  Gene, a male nurse was the one who did the actual threading, and Sue ran the ultrasound. 

It was very interesting to watch them guide it from her forearm all the way into her heart.  When they got up to her neck, the tube kept wanting to go up into her Jugular vein so that took a bit of coaxing to get it to move down so that it would reach her heart.  That was the part when Shelbie got a little more anxious because she could feel it bumping around.  When they injected it with saline and heparin, she could feel it squirting through her heart.  Yuck....

It took about an hour and a half to get it done so that wasn't too bad.  Tomorrow will be a busy day.  Home Health is coming to train me on taking care of the PICC and will change the dressing.  Immediately following that, she will have her Rituxin infusion.  I started reading about the drug and side effects last night but promptly decided that that wasn't a good idea so I turned off the computer.  We are really going into this without any expectations or knowledge.  I haven't decided if that's a good thing or not.  Sometimes knowledge is power, helps you feel more in control of things but in the end, it's God who has to worry about all that.  So, an adventure is about to begin....  Okay....now for the pictures....just warning you.

Picture quality isn't great, sorry.  Spencer took it with his phone.  Getting ready to thread the tubing through. 

This should actually be the first picture in the series.  They were placing the guide wire first.

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