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jennyfromtheblock
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ok, has anyone traveled with a central line? I have talked to the airline, not sure what will happen with the ice pack situation, but I am prepared for anything. The woman told me I could only have 3 oz freezer packs...that's funny

But what do you do on the beach or in the sun with a hickman catheter? I know I can cover it with an aqua guard to protect from any splashing water. I know I can't go swimming.

How do you protect from the sun? I'm sure that a sunburn under a tegaderm is not a good idea. And it will be quite hot so wearing a shirt on the beach is not an option. Any ideas?

This is all providing the actual travel doesn't do me in. When I talked to the airline today about the iv meds, the subc igg pump, the wheelchair, I took a step back and had to laugh...no I'm not 90 I'm 42!

Thanks for any advice

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pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor dx 2012
lyme dx 2/14
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I went to Australia with a hickman, took no meds because it would be a big hassle. Only took flushes and dressing change gear that didn't need refrigeration.

So sit under an umbrella if you are worried about sunburn. Big floppy hat? Are you really going to let that show in public? I never did. There are swimsuits, one piece, that have high neck that ought to cover the whole thing. But will you be sunbathing, not swimming? My problem with a hickman came from sweating while mowing the lawn, dressing came loose, germs got in and infected the entry point. Line had to be pulled. Anything that makes you really hot is going to loosen the dressing because of the sweat.

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Moving to Medical Questions for help

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jennyfromtheblock
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ugh I didn't think of the sweat. I haven't had the line in over the summer months yet.

I'm starting to regret agreeing to go. we go every year. Except last year I had to stay home because I was too ill to travel.

Now I can function more, but need to be in the wheel chair for any distance.

I guess this is yet another thing I didn't quite think through

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lyme dx 2/14
poss igm wb, neg igg wb - Igenex/CDC

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I had a hickman cath.for 3 months. I wrapped it in an ace bandage. I went to work and even rock climbed (indoorclimbing wall) with it in there.

I was in a climbing competition with it in there.

Then my gall bladder got plugged up and i got Yeast real bad. (ROCEPHIN)

Later cipro tore up my tendons and the climbing went south.

It was winter time when i had it in there.

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I went to a water park with a picc line and to the beach all summer with my picc line and just wrapped my entire arm with plastic wrap and wore a long sleeve SPF 50 sun shirt from lands end. Also wore the biggest brim hat i could find. I was on IV doxy.

I know it's not the same thing as a hickman but that's what i did, and i didn't swim with it, but i did go down a few water slides.

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ooohhhh iv doxy....ouch! I couldn't even take oral doxy with the sun, and I don't mean sunbathing either....I burned through my fingernails. I was like a vampire.

Im going to go on line and find a shirt. I do have a giant wide brim hat from my doxy days. But my spf shirts are all long sleeves b/c of the doxy

I am on iv rocephin

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lyme dx 2/14
poss igm wb, neg igg wb - Igenex/CDC

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