MysteryMouse I had no choice on the PICC line I was told that I was having one. Even last week when I was hospitalised because I was neutropenic and had a throat infection and my PICC LIne was blocked they said that if they could not unblock it then the would remove it an insert another one as that was the only way they delivered chemo. Certainly everyone I saw last time had one,
Sue, sorry to hear it was a difficult day yesterday, I hope you are feeling better today and will feel better tomorrow.
Jingo_x how is your head now? The pain has lessened for me but I am losing loads of hair. No bald patches yet so will be using the cold cap tomorrow for my second FEC.
I've got my LGFB next week - I too don't wear much make up, and can obviously cover up hair loss but am concerned that I don't have the skills to paint eyebrows and I will end up looking like a clown!
Hope everyone feels better tomorrow xx
Sue456 – sorry you had a right time of it. We’re all het up about everything anyway so extra stress is not welcome!
Murphy1963 – I’m not sure when the eyebrows go but I think if they’ve held on for the FEC they are totally done for after you start the doxataxel. If that’s the schedule you’re on (it’s mine, 3FEC + 3T) so I’m clinging to the hope that I’ll still have brows and lashes for xmas nights out. Fingers (and everything else) crossed.
Bettypoppit – urgh, sounds awful. When I felt nauseous I couldn’t have tolerated a biscuit but a cream cracker very slowly nibbled worked really well. Thank goodness the nurse came out in good time to turn the tide for you.
Junash – I have noticed the skin inside my ears to be shiny. Not necessarily waxy, perhaps oily? They might always have been like this of course, just hidden but now revealed by my pixie cut. I HAVE noticed my skin being far more oily. At the same time as being really dry. And spotty. A truly great combination.
I’m going to a look good feel better session next month, as everyone else seems to have enjoyed them. My eyebrows are very dark so I think I’ll be able to get away with being heavy handed whilst I learn how to draw ‘em on. Though to be honest, I know ladies who wax em off and draw ’em on as their normal routine. Ouch.
I’m on cycle 1, day 16 and a few hairs have now started to shed. Alas, like MysteryMouse I had just got to the stage where I wondered if a miracle of hair retention was going to happen. Sigh. My OH has been jokingly tugging on it up till now, but the reality is dawning and he is making sure not to touch it – suspect he knows I’ll claim it’s his fault entirely and nowt to do with the chemicals.
Bettypoppit sorry to hear the evening didnt go weel, but I am learning from your lesson and quickly took the tablets I was delaying this morning!
First round I slept like a log every night, last night after my second dose I could sleep a wink, very frustrating.
MM I was offered a PICC line yesterday during my second dose because the nurse was struggling to get the cannula in, but she was stressed, short staffed and had a queue of patients so I think it was 'easier for her' if that makes sense (thats not a whinge - she was lovely but I felt very sorry for how stretched she was). I looked at the leaflet but decided not to do it yet, see how number 3 goes.
hope everyone has a good day xx
Hi Ladies, A lovely sunny day here which lifts the spirits 🙂 To NicNac15 no, I decided not to try the cold cap mainly because I didn't want to spend any extra time in the unit and also because for some women it doesn't work. I basically just wanted to get the chemo session done and then 'escape'.
One question though, lots of ladies seem to have a picc line. Is this normal? I haven't been offered one. Do you have to have had problems first? I am going to one of the look good feel better (or whatever they are called) sessions in a couple of weeks and am looking forward to it. I don't tend to wear much make-up but think I will look washed out once hair has all gone. Have invested in several pairs of dangly earings though and some lovely scarves etc too as still want to look feminine.
Anyway, I am not going to waste this lovely day and so am off to walk my dog.
I hope everyone has a good day and those that have been feeling really sick I hope it eases 🙂
Hi ladies, apologies but I can't remember everyone's names.
Up early this morning for blood test. Due to have 2nd chemo on Thursday. My hair started falling out on day 14 (I had up until that point started to believe that maybe I would be the one person who would keep her hair). Coming out in clumps now (feel like a moulting dog)! 😞 I leave a trail of hair wherever I have been). Even though I knew it would happen, it still caused a few tears. So, think I will have to just bite the bullet and shave in a day or so. I have a very nice wig but feel such a 'fake' when trying it on not sure I will have the confidence to actually wear it out. Have bought plenty of hat/scarves etc and they are so much more comfy. My head too like a lot of the ladies has been very sore. I guess this will stop once hair all gone?
My cravings after my first chemo was for tomato soup. It is all I wanted 🙂 Couldn't drink alcohol at all until this last week. Prior to that a glass of wine just tasted like poison! Thankfully it hasn't affected my ability to drink copious amounts of tea 🙂
This site is lovely to read everyone's stories. It is so good to know that others are going through the same and are getting through it.
I had to laugh about some-one whose husband had tried her wig on. My husband and son (aged 20) have both done the same, in fact they couldn't wait! It was so funny my husband looked like a cross between Boris Johnson and one of the men out of Abba. Was a funny moment 😮
Anyway ladies, good luck to everyone who is having their second dose this week and to everyone I hope you have a good week and that the side effects are not too bad.
Keep laughing !! 🙂
I know Sue, Being brave? there's no choice, it's bloody horrible and there IS NO CHOICE! And everyone says that I will be fine but what do they know - they don't have to go through it......
sue456 - I know how you feel - the world and his mother keeps telling me they know I will beat this 'because i am strong'. Aaaaargh!!! If it was that straightforward!!!