Little Gifts--My Wings
by, 03-15-2012 at 08:48 AM (502 Views)
Some people here are aware that I've been fighting a very bizarre bone infection in my right thumb. It's my dominant hand so that conjures up alot of things that are harder to do with an disabled thumb--like zippers, buttons, slicing foods, handwriting, picking up a dime, tweezing eyebrows (hey, even some of you metrosexual guys do it; confess!).
Add half showers with a glove and upper arm PICC line and blood draws, dressing changes, xrays and home care nurses. A simple hair wash can be a chore.
The first round of 8 wks multiple IV antibiotics multiple times a day was really rough, but I survived that and got to travel again. I got to go with Boss (my husband as I call him here--never to his face, cuz I know who's the real boss) . Barcelona, Athens and Frankfurt all within 2 wks--I was in travel heaven! THEN, more critters reared their ugly heads and we did more thumb surgery and more IVs. I am not willing to have half my thumb amputated until we've exhausted all means--and my hand specialist and infectious disease specialist aren't giving up on me [yet].
So, I'm 2 wks into a 6 wk plan of action--I call it Operation No Operation. The newest round of IV's are portable, and I'm going to test TSA on Sunday. I have these to take with me:
They're pretty portable. Mine are currently running one hour each--3Xday.
I am just flying from CVG to JFK on Sunday date with Boss and returning Monday, so I only need:5 of my "satellites" and add 15 syringes of saline and heparin flushes! Lots of liquid no matter how you look at it! I've got my ziploc bags w/Rx on them and a letter from ID doc. TSA can screen meds separately from toiletries, so it should be no problem. I'll do what it takes to keep my wings. Being grounded stinks!!