Today is the first full day of Trend’s TPN (intravenous nutrition) training. For 5 hours today, he practiced washing his hands (like a surgeon), putting on sterile gloves, maintaining a sterile environment, setting the IV pump, and connecting and disconnecting my IV line. If that’s not Love, what is?
This is our new normal. I will need to be connected for 12 hours of TPN 5 nights a week as I am no longer able to take on nutrition through eating. Other than the connection and disconnection, it’s not a big deal. I will typically have it overnight and the IV bag and pump are in a backpack that I can carry around with me or put on the floor next to me. It will take some getting used to, but if it gives me the calories and nutrition I need, I will adjust. And, I have a lovely nurse to help me with it!