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Anyone have a toddler around whilst on chemo?

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Re: Anyone have a toddler around whilst on chemo?

Hi logicienne,
We've been posting on the april14 monthly chemo threads haven't we! I had to have Hickman put in as well as they couldn't get a picc in! Its totally fine isn't it?! Mines all dressed up so no dangly bits & my daughter is telling everyone (including her teddies) not to touch it so no probs at all! Just under 2 wks until my 3rd FEC now,hope you are doing well xxx
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Re: Anyone have a toddler around whilst on chemo?

I have a 5 yr old, 2 yr old & 10 month old... I had a Hickman line fired and my first dose of Chemo yesterday... So far all they seem interested in is wanting to look at mummy's plasters!

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Re: Anyone have a toddler around whilst on chemo?

Hiya, Thank you both for your replies!

Really helpfull to hear from two people that have experienced it!  I think like you say she will be more likely to tug at the one near my neck even if by accident when i am picking her up or she is giving me a cuddle.  At least the one in the arm is covered up and i can even wear long sleeved tops  to cover if we dont have much of a summer this year! xx

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Re: Anyone have a toddler around whilst on chemo?

Hello EAM,

 

My daughter was 2 years old, that time I didn't have a line, but I later had a PIC line when I needed some more treatment. Its a very personal choice but I think while it would be manageable wit care, you do lift them around so much when they are that age and even though I had a tubey grip, I think I would have worried about the dangley bit at the end which does ask to be yanked!

 

I was offered a portcath as an alternative which means that everything sat under the skin but this wasn't suitable for me so I didn't have a choice.

 

At the end of the day, there is no right or wrong, you know your child and how they might respond. Whatever you choose, you will manage.

 

Good luck Rattles, x

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Re: Anyone have a toddler around whilst on chemo?

Hi

I worked as a nanny throughout my Chemo. The children I look after are older. But having experience with children of all ages. I would say a PICC line would be safer. They give you a stretchy elaticated bandage to cover it. So it can't really be accidentally pulled. Whereas I would think a line in your chest/neck area, would be exactly where inquisitive little fingers might be tempted to touch!

I'm sure you will find a way to cope with whichever line you decide on. Good luck with your treatment.

Sal xx
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Anyone have a toddler around whilst on chemo?

Hello all,

I am supposed to be starting chemo on the 1st April!  Does anyone know what would be best with having a 20 month old around as to what type of line to have in?  My oncologist said one in my neck/chest but may not look nice wearing a low cut top (not a priority for me!) and the chemo dept said PICC line in arm should be fine with little one around?!