picc line

Self-administering intravenous medicine with a PICC Line

April 24, 2015: I don’t know how you spend your mornings, but these days I spend 40 minutes each morning administering intravenous medicine to myself via a PICC Line that has been inserted/installed in my arm and chest. You can read about the whole experience in my diverticulitis diary if you’d like.

(April 24, 2017: Today marks the 11th consecutive month that I haven’t required a trip to the ER, which is pretty much a record for my last four years.)

A reaction to a bandage (MCAS, mast cell disease)

I don’t know if this is a Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS) thing or something else, but I just ran across this picture of how my arm reacted to a clear plastic bandage that was on my arm You can read more about it in my Diverticulitis - symptoms, testing, and treatment story if you’re interested.

The thing about this is that it was before I was diagnosed with mast cell disease. If it happened now I’d just think, “Oh well, another weird MCAS reaction,” but back then I had no idea what was going on.