The PICC line is finally gone. After a month and a half, my left arm is finally free of the encumbrance of a catheter running to my heart.
Each Thursday I visit the local wound care center, and for the past month and a half the podiatrist who examines my foot has been suggesting that I’ll need more surgery, since the incision made on the plantar side of my foot hasn’t been healing very fast.
At the end of July I went to see the infectious disease doc who ordered the PICC line installed and the IV antibiotic treatment, and he gave the all clear to have the line removed. The podiatrist countermanded that request, however, insisting that it stay in in case I needed to be hospitalized for more surgery, as I’d need more IV treatment.
I’ve made significant progress in the last week or two, however, and the podiatrist gave the all clear to have the line pulled. The visiting nurse who came yesterday pulled it out. So the good news is the PICC line is gone. The better news is that my foot doesn’t need more surgery.
I’m still hobbling around on a walker with one foot clad in a hospital shoe, so I’m not fully recovered yet, but it’s a good feeling to make this progress.