Travelling with a PICC Line
Back in May I had surgery to replace my right hip after the first two were infected with pseudomonas. I now have a PICC line and am on a daily regimen of 1g of Ertepenem daily. PICC line maintenance requires me to visit the infusion center at my hospital every Wednesday to change the dressing and pick up my medications for the week.
We managed to travel out of town, leaving on Thursday and returning on Tuesday in time for my PICC dressing change and to pick up the week's dosages (elastomeric pumps). After a frank discussion with my infectious diseases doctor, it was decided that for safety I will remain on Ertepenem indefinitely, rather than risk another infection flare-up which could result in leg amputation.
Now that I have retired, partially due to these health concerns, I'm wondering what my options might be for longer term travel. I'd love to visit my family in Europe and try and stay longer than the days I have between dressing changes. What options, if any might I have? I can attempt to travel for longer periods of time to locations that have my HMO, but that's limited.
I also have some concerns about long-term PICC line use…what am I in for? So far so good, but it would be great to have some freedom to travel again.