Do they usually make you stay in the hospital the entire time? My husband is going for his first IV antibiotics and they were telling him it would be 3-4 days in the hospital and then 2 weeks at home with the IV's. Is that unusual? It kind of helps our days if he were home to put the kids on the bus since I go to work incredibly early.
I think that is pretty common. I used to always start out in the hospital the first few days (3 or 4), and then head home on IVs. Depending on how "sick" I was, it was sometimes longer (like when needing bronchs or having my port placed etc) Since having my daughter, however, my doctors have been on board to let me do them all at home. I go in and get my PICC and the meds are delivered to my house.
The reason they gave for having me come in for the first few days was to monitor Tobra levels, make sure I was getting 4x daily treatments, and wanted to start seeing some improvement in PFTs before sending me home. I'm wondering if the doctors are feeling that since this will be his first time ever on IVs it would be good to make sure he doesn't have any reaction to the meds, and also get the hang of the IVs before being on his own doing it. The home health nurses can always give a crash course on doing the IVs at home, but the first couple times were overwhelming for me, even after just getting out the hospital where I had been watching the nurses do it.
I completely understand wanting to do it at home since you have children. As I mentioned, that is exactly why my doc is more flexible with me now. If they would let him do it all at home I'd be sure to tell the nurse you need VERY thorough education and demonstration. I do think it may be in his best interest just this once to go in for at least a couple days. I think you and he both may be very overwhelmed with the PICC care, IV meds, flushing, tubing, etc if you don't have any prior experience. That is completely my opinion though, so do what you what with it.
Let us know if you have any other questions and hope you get some more feedback. Hope your hubby is feeling better soon!
Autumn 34 w/cf