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    Default Rough chemo day yesterday

    Brittany had her 5th round of chemotherapy yesterday. It's always such a long and overwhelming day for her. Hospital is 2 hours away, so we start our day at about 6am and don't get back home until about 6pm by the time all is said and done. It took 4 IV attempts before they finally got one in, which was horrible.
    The chemo itself made her incredibly sick this time, more than usual. She couldn't hold anything down after this one. I am so thankful that she only has one treatment left, but that's going to be a hard one to get her to after the way yesterday went!

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    Hoping and praying for you guys, esp Brittany. The chemo does have a tendency to upset the tummy more, the further you go along. When my sister was doing hers, they'd go 6 weeks at a time, then take a break for 4, take some pictures, and do 6 more weeks, etc. She'd do hers on a Friday afternoon after school, and then spend the weekend recuperating. I don't remember how many rounds she did like that (3??), but she hasn't had to do anymore since (over a year now).

    Two hours is a long haul, and then to have to get stuck 4 different times before getting a good "tap"... man, that'd stress me enough right there to put me on the nauseated side of things all by itself. wishing you well. Try be sure Brittany is fully hydrated next time she goes, and hopefully that'll make a difference on the "stick".
    "There but for the grace of God, go I."
    "... His mercy endureth for ever."

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    Hey, Doreen, send Brittany all our well-wishes!

    Also, I'll echo jmail on hydration. I'm a difficult stick, too, and I've found that if I drink a few liters of water in the hours before I'm getting stuck, it cuts down on the number of tries the nurse needs to do.

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    Unfortunately, hydration isn't this issue. As a normal part of her treatment plan, she has to drink between 2-3 liters of fluid per day. She sticks to that really well (she even keeps track on a whiteboard we've hung up in her room). The problem is, she's been stuck so many times her veins just don't want to cooperate anymore :-(

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doreen View Post
    Unfortunately, hydration isn't this issue. As a normal part of her treatment plan, she has to drink between 2-3 liters of fluid per day. She sticks to that really well (she even keeps track on a whiteboard we've hung up in her room). The problem is, she's been stuck so many times her veins just don't want to cooperate anymore :-(
    I have that issue, too. Most of my inner-elbow veins are all scarred up and roll and collapse on nurses all the time. I try to rotate the veins they use, to give overworked veins a rest. Also, I've found heating the vein before the stick with a heating pad or hot-water bottle can help. But yeah, over-stuck veins-- not fun at all. Hugs to Brittany!

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    Doreen,

    My heart goes out to you.... I remember being that daughter. I was always thankful though, that it was me going through all that stuff rather than my loved ones... I didn't want them to have to go through it.

    As a mom, I just can't imagine what ur going through.... But I know my mom remembers!!!! I should send her to this forum!!!!

    Lots of love to you and Brittany!!!

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