only one more cannula tomorrow, having PICC line fitted next thursday so no more stress and worry.
good luck to all... one day at a time.... thats now my motto.....💖💖
Hi mini mad,
I had vein problems on the back of my hand with my final 3 chemo sessions - for all of them I ended up having the cannula into the wrist veins and I found it healed quicker and wasn't as bruised afterwards. Last one was 6 days ago and after 24 hours I didn't even notice any pain. In contrast, the veins on the back of my hand and top side of lower arm are still slightly sore from the FEC sessions which finished 10 weeks ago. I've been massaging my lower arm every day with E45 and slowly those veins are recovering.
Nightmare treatment session again.
veins wouldnt cooperate but finally after a good deal of sharp pain the sister got cannula in back of my hand....ouch..... the vein in my arm they used last friday hadnt recovered enough..
spoke to a few nurses and said that i could have a picc line fitted to stop the distress i feel concerning " needles "......will hear next monday when it could be done.... the sooner the better for me..... now lets see what side effects are gonna pop up.... will they be the same as before ??
who knows ..... good luck everybody 💖💖
Hi MM. Fortunately I didn’t experience many problems but, after 12 chemo sessions, my arm still hurts 2 months later because the veins from hand to elbow are so tender. First, I would say that what happened the first time might not happen again. I had veins that sometimes misbehaved and ended up like you with my lower arm being used (once, the vein between my thumb and forefinger - the oncology nurses could be quite inventive) but then, next session, the same vein behaved itself. I found that some nurses were much more skilled than others so perhaps you were unlucky first session. I agree tho - if it happens this time, you should ask them to refer you to the nearest hospital to have something long-term fitted. After that, they can continue your treatments. It’s bad enough worrying about the chemo without the added fear of the pain of finding a vein. I hope it goes well for you at your second session. Good luck with the chemo.
Hi mini mad
I would think that they would have to refer you to another hospital to have them fitted - they can't leave you without chemo. I had problems with mine but ended up with gloves on and my hand wrapped up in a heating blanket for 45 mins - luckily it brought a vein to the surface eventually - it did ache all the way through the infusion though
I would be interested to hear others stories as I am sure it must've happened to other people as well.
Good luck, I hope they get a vein easily this time
I am currently having chemo and my treatment is through an IV.
At my macmillan unit they dont fit picc or portacaths and i'm wondering what will happen if and when a vein cannot be used... only had 1 session last friday when both veins in back of hand were blown.
chemo sister got cannula into my lower arm but tomorrow will be my second and I'm absolutely dreading it... 😔😔😖😖😳😳