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!
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
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
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?!