Oh Caro, that sounds so tough, but lovely that your friend flew over. A friend/colleague of mine at work has just had chemo and radiotherapy for breast cancer, and it definitely took more out of her than she was expecting. She hasn't been in to work, and I think she thought she would (none of us thought she would or should!). Hopefully you'll start to feel better in the next day or so, and get a break between the cycles where you feel ok-ish. It sounds very odd that they've told you you can't take painkillers - was it the oncologist who said that? You're not even at the point where you could be neutropenic yet. If it was me I'd take some paracetamol for the headache as a one-off, which will hopefully get rid of the headache but won't mask a fever. You could also take codeine of you've got any, as that won't do anything for a temperature. All fingers crossed you are feeling more normal soon, x
Camlo - hope the black clouds pass soon.
CC - I was hoping you had had some good time with your husband, and that's why we hadn't seen you. So sorry it's not been so positive and you don't feel like you're getting anywhere. It must be extra hard to have those other feelings floating around as well. I would not do well with an OCD cleaning person to stay - unless they wanted to spend all their time cleaning my house!!
JT - following on from our Facebook discussion about sewing...I would definitely recommend the Hero Vest as a good project, and something that seems really practical as a finished article as well. I hadn't used ribbing before but it came together really well and I love the bound pockets and armholes. I have also got some 'made by Rae' patterns as well, and she has some good boy stuff - the shorts E was wearing are a unisex pattern from her. Is titchy threads from craft storming? I can't check at the moment, as the wifi isn't up to that, but if not, that's worth a look too as she has boys. I have been getting a lot of my fabric from plush addict recently as the service is amazingly fast and the selection good - the ribbing, micro fleece and knit fabric for E's vest was from there. I happened to be in John Lewis in town a few weeks ago and they had a load of fabric in their sale which I bought - the raccoon was from there, and a real bargain at ??6.95 a metre!
My knowledge is about the same as RF. they're all central lines - the end wants to sit basically in the big vein just outside your heart. A Hickman line is put into your subclavian vein just below your collar bone, and then the outside end is tunnelled under the skin so it actually comes out of your skin at a point distant to wear it goes into the vein (not sure that makes sense, but I'm sure google would fine you a better explanation!). A picc line is usually put in in your arm and then threaded up and round to where it needs to sit, but the end of it you see will be in your upper arm. I think a picc is probably technically easier to site - often done by specialist nurses - but not everyone will have a good enough peripheral vein to get one into. I think hickman lines are usually put in by anaesthetists, but there may also be specialist nurses who do them too now. I don't know anything about portacaths, but I believe they are accessed through the skin via a port, rather than having the port bit dangling outside you (like a normal cannula).
I have no idea whether any of that makes sense! I don't know all the pros and cons, but I suspect that a Hickman line might be less likely to get in the way than a picc. They all have infection risks, problems with clotting and blocking etc, but I suspect an improvement on being stabbed multiple times every time you need chemo!
Hi Jade - I ran while breast feeding all 3 of mine (not together!!), and I think the general advice from everyone on here is usually to start really slowly and build up as long as everything feels ok. I started back at just under 3 weeks after having my third, but left at least 2 days between 'runs' to make sure there were no niggles or pains. And make sure you keep up the pelvic floor exercises!!
Caro - hope it all goes ok today, will be thinking of you.
Hoggle - hope the news is good!
I am getting in some altitude training while we're away, and boy does that 1500m make a difference! There are a couple of trails which are stunning, and follow streams so aren't too extreme in their elevation, but otherwise it's pretty much up, or down - both of them quite tough on the legs and heart!!