Home Health has quite literally become taking care of things here at home. Because of the serious allergy that Shelbie has developed to adhesive, they had to stop putting the large adhesive coverings over her PICC line because the huge welts were starting to 'weep' and bleed. This is not a great thing because now all that is covering the PICC line which goes directly to her heart are a few layers of sterile guaze.
The Nurses on Thursday wanted the dressing changed every day or every other day at the most. When we got home from the infusion, I called Home Health to let them know of the dressing changes. Well, of course that would unleash Hell on Earth, why wouldn't it? When it comes to insurance coverage, it's all a game of politics and how much money they can save. The soonest Home Health would come is Monday afternoon and she said it's not likely they will be able to come everyday because of insurance issues. So, that really puts me in a big bind.
Shelbie was not happy about this and really I wasn't either. By yesterday afternoon, the PICC line was exposed because the sterile guaze was sliding down her arm. Taking matters into my own hands, I went to the medical supply store to stock up on sterile dressings. That was an hours worth of shopping just to get the things I needed for the weekend alone!