The PICC lines goes in your arm vein and the tube goes up and around near your heart. My chemo nurse told me the same that I had good veins and refused a PICC line. I had my first chemo in my hand and it all went well. But over the next 21 days my hand still hurt and my veins were purple. I also saw pictures of ladies arms where the veins had collapsed after the 2nd chemo. So I came on here and was advised to get one a.s.a.p. I went to my Onc at the next meeting and he said yes straight away, I didn't even have to tell him why. It was too late to book the PICC line so they had to use my hand on the side of my mx as I refused to let them use the one that was hurting. They took 3 attempts to get it into that hand. After they put the line it, it has been a doddle and they can take bloods from it as well.
I didn't cold cap as when I researched it, it seems that cold capping doesn't work very well with FEC and I didn't want to stay there any longer than necesssary. I was a bit emotional when I got my first bald patch, but when it came to cutting it short and shaving it off, I got hubby to do it, although I had to watch him do it in the mirror, I needed to see it come off. We actually had a laugh while we did it. My hair was down to my bum and curly. I don't even bother with a wig, I just wear colourful scarves when I go out.
i have put a stone on, as the steroids make you hungry and you need to eat for the antisickness as well. But like you I'm not bothered.
My treatment is the same as yours - 6 x FEC.
Tomorrow is my last one, I had my first one on the 16 February. I'm a sicky person at the best of times and I was really worried that I would have my head in a bucket. But, I take 3 antisickness pills, + steroids + heartburn tablets and the chemo is doable. I will feel queasy tomorrow and Friday, but it is manageable. The steroids allow me to clean the house on the Saturday (I love the steroids, apart from the bright red face you get). Then I crash and burn on the Sunday.
After the first chemo, I was working from home on the Monday, but after the 4th one I couldn't work until the Tuesday and after the 5th it was the Wednesday. My bones ache and I'm just so tired and dizzy I just can't get out the bed. But, I have managed to go into my office on the day 12 until my next chemo day every time.
I did suffer from bleeding gums, swollen face, aching bones, sore mouth where it feels like sandpaper and really foul tastesbuds. The hospital gave me a mouth wash and so far I haven't suffered with any ulcers.
The strange thing is that the side effects have got slightly better each time, they happen on day 5 and are gone by day 7, it's just the tiredness that has kept me in bed.
Some of my friends have had no side effects at all on FEC, one lady has even been ripping up carpets in her new house the day after. My other friend went about her normal life as well. We are all now finishing our last chemo's this week and can't believe we have finally got to the end.
I do have rads starting on the 5th July, but I was told that after chemo, rads are a breeze 😂😂😂
The one piece of advice that I would pass on that I got from the ladies on here is to ask for a PICC line as not many ladies manage to get to the end of FEC without having to have one. I had one after my 2nd chemo and it was the best thing ever.
I hope this helps allay your fears - best of luck and I hope it all goes well for you.