Hi, I have regular femoral lines in due to the fact I have severe allergies and have no veins left at all.My latest line went in on the 21st March and came out on the 2nd April 2008 ,due to the fact I had an infected foot ,and while they were trying me on antiboitics I was Having anaphylatic shocks.during those days half the nursing staff had no idea I had a line in,some used gloves to give the drugs,others didnt.I was expected to go to the bathroom,shower and move around as usual.several times after a shower the dressing holding the line in would become soggy and would need changing.
Untill I read the coments posted I didnt realise they should be treated any differantly.
The line never causes me any pain, I can reach down,bend at the hip and walk with no problem at all.well no one has ever told me not to.This time however the stitch site became weepy and sore, and I have been left with a swelling under the skin at the needle site which is now becoming more painful every day,although not red on the surface the pain is more like a cramp going down deep inside.Despite my worries at the time ,and asking the nurse taking out the line if she was going to send off the tip to check for infection ,it wasnt done and so now I am wondering what should be done.
I totally disagree with the comment that if you are walking around you are not ill enough for a line,it is my only way of having my drugs iv, and as I am also allergic to lignocaine I have the extra problem of no pain relief when they go in.
This is my third femoral line in my right groin ,and I was told it was very difficult to put it in this time as there is a lot of scaring now,I have also had central lines put in (they will have to knock me out next time for one of those as that was very uncomfortable )not so much the pain side but the sickening thud as it pops in.
I am not a nurse,just a patient who was looking up what to do about my painful line site when I came across these comments and this site,and thought you might like my thoughts about it ,maybe I am now an expert on femoral lines lol.
Anyway if anyone can advise me what they think I can do about this pain I am having I would be most grateful.