I feel like I owe my dear friend SwabCaps a huge thanks for helping to keep me central line infection free for the past five years (knock on wood)! Don’t get me wrong, Sawbcaps aren’t a 100% infection blocker. They do a pretty fabulous job though!
These sweet little orange nuggets are pure gold to me. Lots of you might know about them, but for those who don’t, SwabCaps are Skittle sized rubbery-plastic caps that have an alcohol saturated pad inside that you put on the end of a central line or IV when it’s not in use. You might also know a similar product called a Curos cap, a very similar product, but it’s a harder plastic that is bright green. Continue reading “SwabCap Love & Ghost Hunting in Eureka”
Hi everyone! I missed you all last week. We took a couple of days away in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. And get this, we stayed at a haunted hotel! I’ve got photos to share from that soon. This week I’m sharing a post I’ve been so excited about, how I easily transform any everyday backpack into one that will work for TPN! Let’s get this backpack party started!
- Backpack of your choice- Ideally with a wider opening if possible! I also prefer to have several pockets on my pack.
- 9 inches of 1 in. wide nylon webbing (sold at most craft stores by the yard, I recommend getting a little extra to have some room to play with)
- 2 inches of 3/4 in. wide Velcro (I bought this by the yard, and got a 6 inch piece just to be safe)
- sewing thread
- embroidery thread
- sewing needle
Continue reading “DIY TPN Backpack”
I hope you are doing great! Staying hydrated, out of the hospital, having fun and such!
It’s been a hot minute since I started a series called Choices, but I’d really like to jump back into that! Plus, I’ve still got about a million photos I took at the grocery store because where else can you get perfect images that demonstrate the zillion choices we have in our lives?
In my first post, I talked on some tips and questions I ask myself when I’m looking at the doctors in my life. Now I’d like to take a look at the tips and questions I like to ask myself when I’m choosing the company who mixes and delivers my TPN and supplies.
Continue reading “Choices : TPN Infusion Pharmacies”
Are you familiar with the Oley Foundation? If not, and you rely on nutrition support in any way, they’re a great organization to get to know. I love the way they state who they are on their website, “…the Oley Foundation is a national, independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that strives to enrich the lives of patients dependent on home intravenous nutrition (parenteral) and tube feeding (enteral) through education, advocacy, and networking.” Learn more about Oley here.
They put on several conferences throughout the year, but their big annual one is the hot topic for discussion today. While I’ve only been to one conference in 2016, it was absolutely life changing and I cannot wait for this summer’s conference in Memphis, Tennessee. Here are my top fifteen reasons you should go to the Oley Annual Conference this June.
Continue reading “My 15 Reasons to go to the Oley Conference”