Intravenous antibiotics are antibiotics that are administered directly into a vein so that they can enter the bloodstream immediately and bypass the absorption in the gut. It is estimated that more than 250,000 patients in the US receive outpatient IV antibiotics to treat bacterial infections.
Living with constant pain, not being able to eat, frequent hospitalizations, and relying on medical devices took a toll on Rachel's life. Although she realizes her life and nutrition may look a lot different than others, she accepts it as her normal.
Throughout her journey with Lyme Disease, Haley has had a complicated relationship with her PICC lines. From multiple infections and trips to the ER to weird looks and comments — Haley had plenty of reasons to hate her PICC line. But she decided to view it as a "badge of honor" rather than something "to be embarrassed about" and wear it with pride.