My Story Part Six: The one where I finally gained some weight!

Hey! Welcome back! Several concerned friends of mine have asked if I intend on continuing to put out new content here every single day. There’s truly no way I could keep up with that flow. Honestly, I’m trying to get my story churned out as quickly as possible. My ultimate goal is to get to sharing content full of tips and tricks that I’ve learned through the years that will hopefully help those of you who deal with similar struggles. I am so excited to get to that point, so I’m working as hard as I can to get there quickly! So let’s get to it!

So now I’m NPO, have my NG tube and I’m getting fluids.  Then, they start talking about other new things – how’s this girl going to get her nutrition because it’s pretty clear that food isn’t working out for her?  Unfortunately, I was not invited to a lot of these talks.  So I’m not really sure how they arrived at the conclusion to go straight to TPN, which is stands for Total Parenteral Nutrition, essentially meaning IV nutrition.

TPN Cartoon
I do not own the rights to this image, and cannot find who does. Would love to give them credit for this amazing illustration!

In order to administer TPN, you must first have central access.  A normal IV is peripheral access, basically meaning it goes into the branches of your circulatory system.  While central access, which could include ports, PICC lines, Hickman and Groshong lines, go directly into the large veins or trunk of your circulatory system.

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