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PICC LINE Insertion Complications

Hi

I went in yesterday to have a Picc Line Inserted and the nurse could not penetrate my vein even though she said it was a very good looking vein.  I layed on the bed for 1 1/2 hours while she tried every angle to get in in.
I was supposed to get chemo yesterday and it was delayed to this Thursday because a Radiologist is going to try and insert a Picc line today,

Has anyone with breast cancer had trouble with PICC line insertion.

Kindly
Diana
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My apology Diana for the mixed up names! What was I thinking? LOL
I am sure your Oncologist knows what's best for you and it's not unusual to reduce the dose and sometimes even delay your chemotherapy treatment until your low white blood cell count increases.
Please copy and paste the link below for information on how to manage "neutropenia" (WBC) and I hope it helps.

http://www.chemotherapy.com/side_effects/white_blood_cell/managing_low_count.html

You too take care Diana....and wishing you the best of luck!
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Hi Linda,
So sorry that the nurse had so much trouble inserting the PICC!
Obviously she was not experienced enough to complete the job.
I hope that the radiologist was successful today and that everything went smoothly.
Having the PICC inserted is the best thing to do to avoid having pain in your veins each time you receive your chemo treatments.
Please let us know how it went today...
Take care...
P.S Please, if you have any additional questions or comments,it would be better if you could keep them on the same thread by using the space below the answer/s you have received. This helps us to have all your information together so we can better help you.
Thank you.
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Hi Zouzi

Nice to hear from you!  LOL!  I am Diana (Rondee) not Linda!
I am going to day to get the PICC Line in and for chemo!
Hopefully, the radiology department will have better success with my veins.,
My chemo keeps getting delayed, the first 2 times by a week because of low WBC counts and then this time because of inability to access my veins.
Also, have you ever heard of weakening Chemo by 25%.  Because of the continued WBC, they are now giving me 75% strength of chemo.  With Triple Negative breast Cancer, grade 3, I was worried that the strength of chemo they are now giving me wouldn't do its job, but my Oncologist said that it will?  She is probably right, but I am feel insecure that it won't!
Thanks Zouzi!  Take Care!

Diana
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My apology Diana for the mixed up names! What was I thinking? LOL
I am sure your Oncologist knows what's best for you and it's not unusual to reduce the dose and sometimes even delay your chemotherapy treatment until your low white blood cell count increases.
Please copy and paste the link below for information on how to manage "neutropenia" (WBC) and I hope it helps.

http://www.chemotherapy.com/side_effects/white_blood_cell/managing_low_count.html

You too take care Diana....and wishing you the best of luck!
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Hi Zouzi!

No problem with the name?  you could call me anything righ now, it wouldn't matter!
Had my picc line put in yesterday and again they had problems even with a radiologist doing it!  My basilic veins collasped when he when in there.  He could now understand why they had problems the first time.  He then went into my brachial vein, hit a nerve which produced an electrical shock in my hand just like if I put my hand in an electrical socket outlet!  My arm wnet shooting up and I ahve to admit I screamed!
My arm and my hand went completely numb!  I couldn't squeeze my fist or move my arm.  Fortunatley aftr 4 hours, all feeling came back.
Then went for chemo and I have to say at that point, I was so thankful that I ahd the Picc line, no more pokes!
Anyhoo hope you are doing well!  Have a nice day!
I am back to the hopsital tis morning for dressing change on the Picc line

Warmly
Diana

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Oh my gosh!,I can just imagine what you went through with the PICC procedure!...It must have been terrible and my heart goes out to you.
Thank goodness it's over now and no more vein poking that caused you so much pain.
I really hope that things will go smoothly from now on for you.
All the best Diana  :)        
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Hi Zouzi!

Well I was in emergency alst night as my picc line is bleeding, so they did an INR and coagulation test whch turned out fine, changed the dressing and lo and behold, it is bleeding again.  Well now, I am just going to wait until Monday to see the Chemo nurse and she can change the dressing again and go from there.  The ER doctor was actually going to polysporin on it and a pressure bandage.  The nurse that changed the dressing said absolutely not to do that to a picc line!  anyhoo! Blah!
But I am staying positive and all will turn out great in the end!
Have a great day!
Dian
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