• Brittany,

    I don’t know about the pacemaker, but yes they can give you fluids or anything else you need i.v. Unless they’ve changed the procedures they only need to access it once a month if not in use and you can be taught to do that.

  • Brittany,
    I may be reading this wrong, but it sounds like a port might be a better option. A port is under the skin so when you’re not receiving iv medications, you have no dressing and can take showers, etc. By and large a picc is good when you’re having something like a week or two of antibiotics. If you wind up having iv medications every…[Read more]

  • A lot of nurses slap the arm trying to get the veins to stand up. I never found that particularly helpful, but I’d done it so long it wasn’t usually necessary. I actually ran a listserv for iv therapy nurses for 10 years and then started and ran a website for 10 years for them (www.iv-therapy.net) but gave it up to someone else about 2 yea…[Read more]

  • I’m a retired IV nurse with PAH. I mostly can give tips to those who start the ivs, but there are a couple of things the patient can do. First, muscles mean better veins. We used to get our patients to squeeze a ball several times a day. Raquet balls probably work best, but any smallish ball will work. When watching tv just start squeezing that…[Read more]

  • Sarah Kuykendall became a registered member 1 month ago

    • Hi Sarah,
      I wanted to reach out to you to welcome you to the PH forums. I am one of the forum moderators here along with Colleen Steele. Please feel free to reach out to either of us with questions about the forums. You can always post your own conversation topic to any of the forums that we have. I can see that you are using oxygen as part…

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    • Welcome Sarah to the PH Forums! I am a Co-Forum’s Moderator with Brittany. As she mentioned, please feel free to start a topic among the sub-forums any time! As a former nurse living with PH I can imagine you will have a lot to add to the conversations here. Please know you will also receive lot’s of support. I look forward to learning more…

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