Just wanted to give you a quick update. I had a procedure to install the PICC line today. It all went well, though rather a long 3 hrs. The staff at Kaiser continues to be attentive and professional. Kathy was with me and she learned how to flush the PICC line on a daily basis to keep it from clogging. Its anticipated that the line will stay in me for the duration of my treatments.
It was a fairly painless procedure, but there are some key things I have to keep in mind while I wear it: no heavy lifting, no vacuum cleaning; no raquetball :o) and I cant get it wet. Other than that, its a very easy and clever way to draw blood and through which the chemo can be administered without having to stick me each time.
They have given me quite a schedule of appointments for such things as blood samples, PICC bandage cleaning and checking, doctors follow-up, chemo treatments, and the removal of the remote pump after my two-day continuous infusions at home.
Right now, I continue to be tired and I am sleeping most afternoons. My apetite isnt what it once was but it tends to be better in the morining and improves after I take my pain killers.
Still taking it day by day. My first chemo is tomorrow. Kathy has us organized with the stuff I will need to take with me. I got warm clothing, food, medication, books to read, etc. She and Nick with alternate being with me during the day. Kath is wonderful, as most of you know, and I dont think I could face this without her.
I should be home in the late afternoon. We are as ready as we can be.
Hugs to you all.