I was just discharged from the hospital with my 2nd PICC Line. With the first one I developed a blood clot, so now I'm on Coumadin long term. This most recent hospitalization brought me up to 45 days inpatient since June. I have Eosinophilic Colitis, Factor V Leiden, malnutrition and GP. I'm on 11 different oral medications now, as well as 24 hour TPN.
I've missed more days of work than I've been there this year (I'm a 3rd grade teacher). I want to go back to work, but I'm not sure if I can. The doctor at the hospital wrote me a note to return to work in about a week, but I'll still have the PICC and I'll still be on Prednisone, which decreases the immune system.
I do feel somewhat stronger with the TPN, but elementary schools are so germy, that I fear infection. Hopefully, the TPN will be cut back a little to less than 24 hours by then, or going back will be near to impossible.
Does anyone have any suggestions or ideas on this question? Thank you.