3 down 3 to go! Now with a PICC line

Hello all yippee!!! Got a picc line inserted yesterday, fairly painless, no paracetamol. And no bleeding out despite the heparin!

And today's 3rd fec treatment was 100% better than the last! So much easier what a relief. No more anxiety about receiving the next 3 treatments.

Also lucky enough to get a free foot massage yesterday just before the picc, that was nice and relaxing so that helped too. Had to really push for that and arrange it myself despite the hospital connection. But so good will include that in my life going forward.

Feeling positive! About everything. πŸ™β€οΈπŸ˜

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  • Hi Debs

    Glad the PICC Line is in OK & the Chemo went well today, just be a bit mindful this is the third one & the effect can be cumulative, so take it easy for the next few days.


    Angela πŸ’

  • Thanks Angela thank you for reminding me to take it easy, not something that comes naturally!

    My chemo this time was administered by the Sister / Head nurse too so I was looked after a whole lot better than last time. I used a scarf around my lower arm as wore a tee shirt for access to the line, and that helped and was offered blankets and asked if I was cold. Much better 😌.

    Have fun preparing for your trip, I thoroughly enjoy the shopping and packing beforehand πŸ‘šπŸ‘˜πŸ‘™πŸ‘—πŸ‘ πŸ›

    Ttfn xx

  • I'm glad to hear they looked after you better this time & l imagine you'll be a VIP right through now!

    I like to get a good start on the packing as you never know what's going to crop up & l get good n bad days with my PMR

    Take it easy over the weekend. πŸ’•πŸ€—πŸ’

  • Lovely to hear you feeling so positive. Fabulous about the PICC - my centre recommended I rest my arm on a warm hot water bottle 4 times a day for 2 days following the PICC insertion. I followed the advice and feel sure this has helped to keep my PICC line in good condition. Hope they gave you a 'limbo' or similar to cover it up when you shower too. A bit awkward to put on but works better than clingfilm. Caroline

  • Hi Caroline I was sent away with a leaflet of advice on buying a limbo online or going to Boots for something similar so will do, tho I have to say I don't have many showers as I don't have any hair to wash these days! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. At last I don't need to clean the shower plug so often πŸ˜‰. Leaflet also suggested heat pad 3-4 times a day for 20 mins for first few days which I'd forgotten so was pleased to be reminded!

    Best Debbie

  • Debbie

    A limbo costs over Β£20 so I asked my GP for a prescription for one - and now I have an NHS Medical Exemption Certificate I get free prescriptions (as we are all entitled to have with a cancer diagnosis) I got my limbo without having to pay for it.

    You are having a tough time and hope the PICC at least makes the administration of the chemo easier.

    Hugs Caroline

  • Hi Debs

    Pleased it all was better this time - good that you are so positive too. My friend is doing some reflexology for me next week - it is soooo relaxing.

    Hugs πŸ€—

    Louise 😘Xx

  • Hi Louise oooh yes reflexology. She found my solar plexus and my husband bless his cotton socks tried to do the same last night to help! 😊. Today my neighbour will give me the number for a local lady that she, neighbour recommends. Mmmm.

    Lol Debs 😘

  • Hi,

    Glad you had a much better experience this time round, it makes all the difference.! Loving your positivity too, but please take it easy too and still get some rest.. I know easier said than done sometimes, but it can catch up with you, I was hit with a cold just after my 3rd FEC treatment which landed me in hospital for 5 days.!

    Sending hugs πŸ€—

    Sandy x

  • Hi Sandy many thanks for the advice. I currently take my temp twice a day and not taking paracetamol currently. I've read your posts, thank you. I hope you got to legoland πŸ˜€. And absolutely love the blonde wig! I'm planning a second longer more highlighted one for the summer. Good to hear you made it through πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ».

    All the best

    Debbie xx

  • Thank you, I love the blond hair too, but don't wear it too often.!

    We did make it to legoland and loved every minute...but was very tiring too.!

    Good luck with the rest of your treatments xx

  • Thank you, I love the blond hair too, but don't wear it too often.!

    We did make it to legoland and loved every minute...but was very tiring too.!

    Good luck with the rest of your treatments xx

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