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Bloods - lack of!

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Beebs
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Re: Bloods - lack of!

Hi Polar

The phlebotomists did suggest a line - but I’m on oral chemo... so I declined that! So glad is easier for you now 🙂 

Beebs
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Re: Bloods - lack of!

Pawsome..... your toe😱 I hope that didn’t hurt too much!

When I went back to hospital for 2nd attempt a couple of days later I drank two bottles of 750ml of water and a coffee all before 10am  - success first attempt. Even though it’s a nuisance (having to go loo ALOT!) I think it’s the only way to get those veins going! Plenty of water... good luck next time 🙂

polar_1
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Re: Bloods - lack of!

I too have very thin veins that don’t like giving up blood. Last week it took six attempts to get the cannula in for my paclitaxel. The nurse suggested having a PICC line and I had it done on Thursday. No problem with chemo later that day. Will be able to do bloods through it each week so that takes away a lot of the worry.

Pawsome
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Re: Bloods - lack of!

I feel you- I have terrible tiny veins that like to hide and they can only use the one arm. I’m also on Ibrance / Palbociclib. It’s awful isn’t it. I’m the same when they have to find a vein for  the 3 monthly CT scan. My worst one was once when I was there for a whole morning. They went in through my toe in the end. Hope they manage to find a vein for you xx

Beebs
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Bloods - lack of!

Hi all 


Those of us on Ibrance know that bloods are part and parcel of this treatment. Yesterday after the 6th attempt from 4 different people (arm literally black and blue) bloods were finally drawn - an emotional tearful me just left the hospital with a bad feeling. Today after phone consultation with oncologist, I was informed that I need to get my bloods done again next week before drugs can be given as the bloods weren’t good enough 😭. I’m not sure how much water I can drink and don’t know what to do to get my blood flowing!!! I’m worried/scared - I don’t want to stop my routine!