Here on the left is the Hickman line 3 days post insertion. You can see the bruising on my left side where the doc pressed to move the line around under my skin to align it with the vein in my neck into which it was threaded to be able to reach my heart. The photo on the right shows the line is obviously a little more healed. You can also see on the right side of my neck where the doc did the incision to thread the tube into my neck vein. The bump that goes from the incision in my chest to the incision in my neck is actually the line going under my skin, before it plunges into the vein in my neck, towards my heart. All of this enables me to receive my hydration, meds, chemo, transfusions, and the transplant without having to deal with a whole bunch of needles on a daily basis.
Here is a photo of the Hickman Line taken today with my new dressing. This will be with me for a few months and I will need to learn to change the dressing and the caps myself, as well as flush the lines.
Well, I figured if I was to show the Hickman Line stuff, that I should also include a photo of our bathroom, just because it looks somewhat alien. You can see that everything is covered since our bodily fluids are cytotoxic. The measuring buckets go in the toilet, we do what we need to do, measure, record it, flush it with the blue cover in lieu of a toilet cover. How exciting is that? Now imagine doing every 2-3 hours, especially at 3 am – good times.