I'm due a picc line. They couldn't fit it before chemo number 2 (next Tuesday for me) at my hospital and wanted me to come into the hospital during my week 2 of my second EC to have it fitted and I refused as that's the week my wbc drops and I would have felt really anxious having it fitted then so I'm having mine done in week 3 of my cycle before my third EC. I imagine it's harder to bring an appointment forward, rather than put it back, so in your position I would ask for it to be done the week before your next (3rd) chemo. RE: hair, there are lots of things you can do like using oils for your scalp and shampoos that boost hair growth, even minoxidil was mentioned by a lady on here who was cold capping and kept her hair. I posted some suggestions lower down this thread and all are topical, with the exception of biotin supplements of which you should be able to ate 900 iu per day safely. Obviously run by your onc at next appointment. For anyone with sensitive scalps, chillow pillows are great. Can be bought on Ebay/Amazon for under a tenner and keep your head cool at night, just slip in between your pillow and pillow case.
Hi G that's great to hear. Is the one they gave you at the hospital very heavy - I've heard that they are so that's why I thought I'd get prepared. What colour is yours? Mine's a lovely torquoise on the front and lilac mix on the back. I love it.
Just wanted to reassure you about having the PICC line, I had one throughout my chemo and I had no problems at all. It didn't hurt having it inserted or when taken out. It said on my letter that relatives couldn't come in with you, but they let my daghter stay with me, so it might be worth checking. Do you think it might be worth phoning your onc on Monday to see if they could sort you being fitted in before Thursday as it doesn't seem at all fair that they're making you come in the day after you've had chemo. Or if you've already had chemo on Thursday via your vein, can it be dalayed until nearer your 3rd chemo when you're feeling better? I don't know if the procedure's the same in all hospitals, but I had to lie on a bed to have mine fitted which wouldn't be good for you if you're feeling sick.
I don't know if I've already mentioned this, but I wore the travel sickness bands whilst having chemo and for a few days afterwards, so they might be worth a try if you haven't done already xx
Ah thanks ladies, not sure if its smiley and fun or "drugged up to the eyeballs".. but I'll take the compliment. you'll soon be posting your new mad hairdos...
hi January Chemo Campers! I've just been reading through your latest posts (hope you don't mind) and it really brought tears to my eyes as you all deal with the hair loss. I was transported straight back to that day when I braved the shave. The head pain when its shedding, the prickleness when laying on your pillow (that goes once all the hair has), the worry and fear for your children.. bless you all... I remember it so well (and it was only a few months back). Had to smile at the stories of hair disappearing "elsewhere".. I remember that too... mine fell out in my knickers virtually all at once... what a fright! In terms of using something to encourage hair back... I use the Lush hair shampoo bar called "new"... its a little red circle thing. I began using it when the first hairs starting showing and (also rubbed it into where my eyebrows once were). I think I said before my hair began growing during the last 2 x T chemos, 4 months since the end of my chemo and I am having a little trim next week to remove the startings of a lovely mullet! If I can I'll upload some photos.
hang in there girls... you are doing wonderfully...this will make you smile.. the first place i remember seeing new hair growth was my toes....Bloody Cancer!!!
Kip.. heres my before and afters (and the after one was a month or so ago!).. Excuse the eye bags.. just another joy of BC