I hope this helps. I have no affiliation to this company. I just happen to be a satisfied customer. Dr Jones actually gave me a flier on it about 2 years ago and when I finally got my PICC and was so tired of it getting wet or trying to keep my hand out of the shower, I ordered it.
If anyone says I need a tinyurl or something like that I have no idea how to do it so please don't ask. But feel free to help me by changing it if you can.
Sounds like you have a very cautious doc. Hubby has never had this type of test and he has had a PICC in place continuously for almost 4 years now.
I sure would not advise swimming with one in. I do all the bandage changes for hubby and he has never had any problems, but even if he was physically able to swim I think I would keep him out of the water -- I just think that would be an avoidable risk factor.
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HI Bea~ Yes, I have a very careful doctor. He took over my care from another doctor. I had had the picc line in for some time (4-5 months). He insisted that if he was going to be my LLMD, and I was going to have a picc line, that I HAD to have the monthly blood cultures done.
The first one I had done was positive for a fungal infection. I called my LLMD and he called me back within 10 minutes. He was concerned for since this was the first culture ever done on the line, and it was positive, he didn't know how long the line had been infected.
The line got pulled. The tip of the picc was cultured, and LOTS of blood was taken from me over the next several days checking for a fungal infection in me (which can be deadly).
I felt fine the whole time. I never knew my line was infected. To be honest, my LLMD likely saved me from having a serious problem due to his careful screening of my picc line.
If I had another picc line, I would have it checked monthly.
Perhaps you could look into your getting your hubby's picc line checked out.
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