Hi AnnieA, hope all goes well for you this week and that you can still enjoy your birthday in some way. I cold capped on my first treatment and started shedding significantly around day 18 or 19 so I didn't bother with it the second time. I think it only works for around 50% of those who try it and of those 50% there is still something like 50-80% hairloss. The stats aren't great but you may want to try it once like I did and see how it goes. I think it helped me to delay the thoughts of hair loss a little as C and chemo are enough to take in. It is quite painful for 10 mins then your head goes numb. X
Katie, glad you're having quality time with your youngest.
Hope everyone recently on treatment is getting on ok and managing their post treatment stress disorders well.
Treehouse, how are you getting on with the injections this time? I have an allergy rash on my back this time which is slowly clearing up.
Just take care of yourself Trisha. You don't have the capacity to fight C and unreasonable behaviour at the same time. Do whatever is best for you and your healing. x
Thankk you for the hug. He never apologises, better off without him. Am going to go for a 15 min walk to a friends in town and stay the niight, eat pizza and watch the soaps! 🙂 x
Trisha, sorry to hear that you're not getting positive support at home after your lovely day out. Hope this improves. Has he always been like this or is he struggling to cope with the extra demands of your illness? Are you able to discuss his behaviour with him? I'm sending a hug to Devon for you and remember: no one should be sad in Devon as its too beautiful to be sad. Go breathe in that lovely sea air! Xx
Had a smashing morning yesterday, sun creamed to the hilt, floppy hat and movie star sunglasses and very elegant outfit and strolled thru my local town (Axminster Devon), hit the charity shops got some lovely scarves, had a lovely cup ot tea and a ginger biscuit in the grounds of local church, got home and my partner kicked off. Sick of being my chauffeur and told me to F off and die. What a charmer. Hence feeling a bit **bleep** today. x
You can just start a June chemo starter thread if you wish but you are more than welcome to stay on ours as we will be ahead of you so you can pick up tips in advance. I started the May one but I had also followed the March and April ones for info.
Morning all, hope you are all well. I didn't sleep well last night, nothing to do with chemo just too hot, then too cold, then the blind kept hitting the window in the breeze.Hoping for a snooze this afternoon in the garden.
Hi Treehouse, I went on the Look good feel good course a few weeks ago. There's one every week at Maggies centre and they are really popular. The reserve list is good because some ladies can't make it due to treatment / fatigue etc. There are tips on applying make up, drawing in a reasonable eyebrow and you are given a lovely make up bag with all the stuff you used. If you get the chance, volunteer to be the model, you'll end up looking great! Lots of high end goodies, as well as popular stuff, but all just right for us chemo ladies. Enjoy. X
FEC x 1 completed! Arrived at 2.15pm and finished at 6.15pm. Had a tough time trying to find a vein, the nurse really didn't seem sure of where to poke, so ended up with 2 additional needle lines. Fortunately she called a senior nurse the third time round, who found a vein straightaway. Needless to say, I've been referred for a PICC line. Apart from that, the actual drug administration was fine and took less than an hour. Feeling tired now, but think thats more due to lack of sleep with my newborn, hoping to get some rest tonight!
FEC 2 done, chemo ward running 2.5 hrs late so took 7 hrs door to door, off to bed as cream crackered, night all.
Thanks Treehouse xx
Ive got my look good feel good session on the 11th July, I am lucky as they seem to run them weekly. Can't wait to go on it and the chap who booked me on said I will love it.
I have contacted the hospital to see if my chemo will go ahead tomorrow as raelly didn't want to wait till the day and then they send you away, especially if you get yourself all set up but they have said my bloods were fine. Can't wait to get round 2 out the way then only 6 more to go
I haven't looked into the look good clinics but might enquire when I go in next week for round 3. Will definitely lookout for any freebies sessions. I'm just winging it at the moment ladies! 🙀
Treehouse - I've booked onto one 20th June. They did say they're very popular. Get the impression it's good for skincare/make up tips during and after chemo to give you a boost. Plus loads of excellent freebies Mac/Clinique so always worth it.
They do another similar make up session at my centre (without the freebies) so might be worth seeing if anything else is offered.
Im getting a free wig styling/ cutting session on Monday which might help me make up my mind about what to do with my hair
All the best today Dede and Heather. Will be thinking of you both x
Hi Dede, I wasn't offered a portacath, but I have had a Hickman line fitted before my chemo started as my veins are rubbish. Very narrow. From the info leaflets and surgeon I understand that a PICC line goes in the arm and is normally inserted when veins collapse. It lasts 2-3 months I believe, and needs changing out if treatments are longer. It seems to be the cheaper option. (£££!!!) Then there's a Hickman venous line which goes in at the collarbone and out at the chest. It needs a surgical procedure , so not cheap, lasts 6 months and needs cleaning every week . The most expensive and long lasting is a portacath. Looks like a blister on the collarbone. All of them need cleaning as they can become infected. The HL can be a single or double line which dangles. I feel as though I'm trailing an elephants trunk around! Working well for me as the total procedure from walking through ward door to finish is only an hour. Given everything done to us I'm pretty pleased with that. I think there's a leaflet on this site explaining it, or look it up under Venous Lines. Hope this helps. X
Good luck Wanderstrong. I am on my 2nd FEC tomorrow lunch time. Actually looking forward to it as then I will be 1/3 through the poisoning! I am determined to deal with side effects better this time. Housework done, school uniforms and pe bags done, shopping ordered online, and enough constipation meds ready to blast a hole to the centre of the earth!
All the best Wandestrong. Is a lot quicker with the PICC line. You'll be fine 🙂 x
Thanks treehouse. Saw doc yesterday and he didn't think it was infection. Temp is 37 so ok, think I will just have to monitor it and hope it clears up