Living With Mesothelioma -My Diary – 4th Line Chemo Day 5- Rain Rain and more Rain today

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We awoke to a very rainy day today after such a wonderful sunny  weekend.

It reminded me of the song.

Toodle – luma luma
Toodle – luma luma
Toodle – oh lay
Any umbrellas, any umbrellas
To mend today?
Bring your parasol, it may be small. It may be big
He will fix them all on what you call a thing-a-ma-jig
Pitter patter patter! Pitter patter patter!
It looks like rain.
Let it pitter patter. Let it pitter patter.
Who cares for rain?
He’ll mend your umbrellas, then go on his way
Singing toodle luma luma. Toodle luma luma.
Any umbrellas to mend today.
When there’s a lull
And things are dull
He’ll sharpen knives for all the wives
In the neighborhood
And he’s very good.
He’ll darn a sock
Or fix a clock
An apple cart
A broken heart —
He’ll mend anything but he’d much rather sing –
Toodle – luma luma
Toodle – luma luma
Any umbrellas – any umbrellas
To mend today?
He’ll mend your umbrella
Then go on his way singing
Toodle luma luma
Toodle luma luma
Any umbrellas to mend today

My what an old old song to be thinking of,

Ray walked Louis while I did the housework and then I made a lunch of pork and bean soup.  It wasn’t raining so we went off to Tankerton slopes where we parked up and I played ball with Louis and Ray walked along with us but I could see the colour changing in his face. He gets white panda eyes as the colour is draining from there.

He used his puffer and I made him stay on the bank as I was taking Louis down to the beach. He is allowed on there as its summer and he wants to go and play with the waves.


Then Louis saw his mate well it was another black Labrador he loves them and doesn’t try to bully them like he does small dogs. Respect !!!

They stopped playing and I had to walk back up the hill –whoops not so easy as coming down, I needed a puffer by the time I got back to the car and Ray.

As we came home the sky got blacker and blacker and we got back just in time for the heavens to open .

So resting now and will cook dinner soon Ray and  Louis are shattered and are asleep on the settee together.




Tomorrow is a early morning to get my Pic Line fitted

PICC lines (peripherally inserted central catheters)

This information is about peripherally inserted central catheters, which are often called PICC lines. They are used to give chemotherapy treatment and/or other medicines.

We hope this information answers your questions. If you have any further questions, you can ask your doctor or nurse at the hospital where you are having your treatment.

PICC lines

A PICC line is a long, thin, flexible tube known as a catheter. It is inserted into one of the large veins of the arm near the bend of the elbow. It is then threaded into the vein until the tip sits in a large vein just above the heart.

The space in the middle of the line is called the lumen. Sometimes there are two or three lumens, known as double or triple lumens. This allows different treatments to be given at the same time.

At the end of the tube outside the body, each lumen has a special cap or bung that can be attached to a drip or syringe. Sometimes there is a clamp to keep the line closed when it isn’t in use.

Illustration of a PICC lineIllustration of a PICC lineWhat PICC lines are used for

The PICC line can be used to give you treatments such as chemotherapyblood transfusions, antibiotics and intravenous (IV) fluids. It can also be used to take samples of your blood for testing. PICC lines can also be used to pass liquid food into the vein if your digestive system is not able to cope with food for any reason. This means that you won’t need to have needles put into veins in your arms every time you have treatment.

You can go home with a PICC line in place, and it can be left in for weeks or months.

A PICC line may be helpful if doctors and nurses find it difficult to get needles into your veins, or if the walls of your veins have been hardened by previous chemotherapy treatment. A PICC line is also helpful if you don’t like needles.

How the PICC line is put in

 in an outpatient department or on the ward. It will be put in using a local anaesthetic.

First the skin in the area is cleaned with antiseptic solution. Then this area is numbed with an anaesthetic cream or injection, so you don’t feel pain while the PICC line is being put in.

When the skin is completely numb, a needle will be inserted and then removed. While the needle is being removed, the PICC line will be threaded through it into a large vein that leads to your heart. This shouldn’t take long and is usually painless. The PICC line will be held securely in place by a transparent dressing.

You will then have a chest x-ray to check that the end of the tube is in the correct position.

Close-up of a PICC lineClose-up of a PICC line


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