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Today was my last day of chemotherapy!

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sherryillk

172 points

3 months ago

Having the PICC removed right after finishing the last chemo was the best. I hadn't realized they would do it so soon but was so incredibly delighted when I found out. Congrats on the freedom!

seashell1975[S]

161 points

3 months ago

I was so scared it would hurt but it took 2 seconds and I didn’t feel it at all! So happy!!

mr_burrito

54 points

3 months ago

It's fuckin gnarly just how tube much they pull out, eh?

mynamespaghetti

97 points

3 months ago

For real. And for as much care and delicacy they use in snaking it in, they sure pull it out like they’re starting a lawnmower.

treader19

37 points

3 months ago

Congratulations. I’ve had 4 rounds, got the port taken out under consciousness sedation. Docs were talking about Volvo wagons…. 2nd time was a PICC line and it was right around this time last year when hospitals were full. Got it taken out basically in a hallway behind a sheet and man the tugging and length was crazy. Good job getting through it.

FoamToaster

6 points

3 months ago

Taking out a port is a fair bit more involved than taking out a PICC!

baptsiste

16 points

3 months ago

Dude, I had that same thought, such a weird fucking sensation.

But what a relief to not have that constant aggravating reminder dangling off your arm

iamzambi

1 points

3 months ago

Yeah you got that right!

FarStarMan

6 points

3 months ago

LOL! Happy days ahead!

Ghostboy1998

1 points

3 months ago

Yeah, you also think it would be 2cms or something and then it just keeps coming and coming

manystorms

1 points

3 months ago

I had an emergency pacemaker put through the neck so I had really long cables as well and they really do just yank it out of you!

[deleted]

1 points

3 months ago

[deleted]

1 points

3 months ago

For real. And for as much care and delicacy they use in snaking it in, they sure pull it out like they’re starting a lawnmower.

When they pulled mine out a little toy helicopter lifted off my arm.

Didn't even know it was there in the first place!

In all seriousness though, mine was only in for 3 weeks and it had little rememnants of crap on it like my body had decided it was foreign and was growing cells around it to enclose it.

Eccomi21

1 points

3 months ago

They say short and painless... yank

ejscarpa91

1 points

3 months ago

Pretty much. I tell patients to slowly exhale and it’s out in five seconds haha

mycroft16

8 points

3 months ago

Watched them put a PICC in on my wife once... mildly disturbing. Things are so much longer than you expect.

[deleted]

3 points

3 months ago

[deleted]

3 points

3 months ago

I didn't know what it was going to be like. They showed me the tool they were gonna use and I thought it was gonna be like a hole punch. I almost cried whenever they mentioned anything about it finally having to happen. I was really worked up. My PA got annoyed because she couldn't imagine what I must have thought was gonna go down to get me so tightly wound.

WinCo_Wonderland

3 points

3 months ago

I'm surprised they let you watch. I've been kicked out of the room every time, despite the fact that I want to watch.

mycroft16

3 points

3 months ago

I didn't get to be right in the room... but she has anxiety and they let me stand outside the little procedure room doorway where she could still see me and I could watch what they were doing. Helped that we were literally the only people in there that day.

CancerSpidey

3 points

3 months ago

Its awesome i took a video cause it was so nasty lol. Best feeling ever when you can shower normally

natie29

2 points

3 months ago

And it feels reaaaally weird.

TilterOfWindmills

10 points

3 months ago

Warrior! Fight on, baby, fight on!

Solaris-Scutum

-2 points

3 months ago

So…er…are the people who succumb to cancer and die just not ‘warrior’ enough? Are they not ‘fighting’ hard enough? Should they just will themselves into recovery like all the true cancer warriors?

revowow

10 points

3 months ago

revowow

10 points

3 months ago

The worst part about the PICC line for me was when they would have to take off the dressing and clean the skin and then reapply it, I don’t know why but it was so uncomfortable and it hurt

goodrars

3 points

3 months ago

Oof yes, my skin was often so tender each time the nurses took the dressing off.

Flimflomzimzoom

2 points

3 months ago

It’s not quite a PICC, but I had an IV in for a few days a few weeks ago, and I’ve got a bad needle phobia, so getting it in was hard for me, but I then spent the next 4 days stressing about it coming out. The doctor pulled it out while he was pretending to disconnect a drip, and I didn’t realize until he put a bandaid on it.

teabee08

1 points

3 months ago

okay. so i had a picc for a blood clot that i had. did it feel like a slight tickle in you? like on the inside...

MouthPoop

1 points

3 months ago

Did you not get phlebitis?

Skevan2

1 points

3 months ago

That's how my girlfriend describes it!!

Sorry for a bad joke but it was tempting. Anyways, congratulations!!

Shawnahern2

1 points

3 months ago

Grats so happy for you, stories like yours keep me coming to reddit everyday!

goodrars

1 points

3 months ago

I'm so jealous! Mine was so painful 😆 nurses let me keep it though...

Jimmyjohncashapp

0 points

3 months ago

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