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Marleyann
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Re: Picc Line

Reading your reply sputtered me into action had no e f



After reading your thread I went and picc l
Put in Tuesday a lot easier than I thought,had chemo yesterday that process was a or quicker just having to keep cooling cap on is a bind,butt as yet I've still kept my hair take care people x



Marleyann
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Had picc line fitted Tuesday chemo yesterday we through no problems,having the cold cap on so long afterwards is a drag but on the upside it.s working .
Marleyann
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Having picc line fitted next Tuesday managed to buy shower sleeve from Amazon,ordered one day came next day.Had another reflexology session yesterday,thoroughly relaxed bliss!2nd Dec treatment next Wednesday  hope I continue to feel well apart from feeling tired.wishing everyone well xx

Debs-
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Thank you so much every one for all your answers, has put me at ease although this time they got a vein sraight away so I avoided the subject 🙂

SamanthaL
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How did you get on? Well I have small veins, one or two rather hard now. The PICC hurts a bit now and I am itchy under the patch - but I think I had no choice.
redrose65
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Hi 

I have a Picc line in and have had no trouble with it so far. I'm on my Third chemo session. 

Swirly
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Hi Debs,

 

Do it! I had a PICC line for my chemo and it was great. All medication and blood tests were done through it. No more needles, lovely veins, no hassle. Ok it's a bind getting it cleaned and the dressing changed each week, but it doesn't take long and it's another opportunity to speak to someone about any issues. It's all covered up, so as long as you keep it dry it's fine. I used a bread bag and a couple of elastic bands when bathing. Swabs are taken regularly to check for infections and the line is stuck down in different places to give your skin chance to breathe. It's recommended not to do weightlifting, this is more to prevent the line working it's way out and staying hydrated keeps those veins nice and plump to reduce clots. Ask for a second tubi grip so you have one to wash. After the initial bruising has gone you'll wonder why you didn't do it sooner!

 

Hope that helps 🙂

Duchess71
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I opted to have a PICC line as im a nurse with rubbish veins! Piece of cake! Fantastic nurse run clinic, quick injection of local anaesthetic the felt nothing of the insertion, x ray to check position then your away! District nurse flushes the line once a week, restylane of the time it's no bother. Have had a bad time on FEC, admitted twice, pretty much all bloods, IV fluids and antibiotics given via PICC, saved me soooo many injection. My advice is go for it, in fact demand it. Good luck xx
Jenifer
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I had a PICC line for Herceptin for 6-7 months till my veins recovered. It was OK and I was fortunate enough not to get any infections. It was a bit of an inconvenience though having to get the site cleaned and dressed every week.

Debs-
Member

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Thank you for your reply..maybe i could have a portacath.They just always seem to mention picc line.!! It has not been dicussed properly with my oncologist,mostly the nurses keep bringing it up .

Horseygirl
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Hi Debs

I do not know anyone who has had a picc line so cannot help there. I had a portacath inserted prior to my chemo in January and still have it. It is brilliant. It is hidden under the skin below my left shoulder and the catheter goes straight into a vein around the heart. A tiny needle is popped into it to attach infusions and take blood etc.

Do you have a choice of line or has a picc been decided for you by doctors since it is the best option?
Debs-
Member

Picc Line

Anybody had problem's with their picc lines? Infection's,blood clots?

I have finished my chemo but still need herceptin via infusion every 3weeks untill may 2015. My veins are protesting and the hospital are going down the the route of wanting picc line put in.(have managed to avoid it untill now)

I am put off by infection and clot risks but may have no choice soon. Could you let me know any good or bad stories of your personal experiences with it please?

 

Thank you.