Goodbye to my PICC – guest blog

A nice little humorous piece for a gray day here in Indy where I am fighting off another cold bug.  Who will win this one.  Jenny Reeder writes at Tender Mercies

Little Miss PICC-y

Today I bid farewell to an old friend, affectionately known as Little Miss PICC-y. Goodbye to the little dangly patch right above my left elbow.

Goodbye to the little sock covering it every day so the dangly didn’t catch on everything or poke out.

Goodbye to weekly flushes and dressing changes.

Goodbye to sutures pulling on the skin of my arm.

Goodbye to three-minute showers with Glad Press ‘n Seal and cloth medical tape (3 boxes!).

Goodbye to 3/4-length sleeves.

Goodbye to not being able to sleep on my left side without my heart going into flutters.

Goodbye to flinching anytime anyone grabbed my left arm.

Goodbye to not being able to lift weights and my lost guns.

Today I started my maintenance chemo–a 10-minute IV of vincristine once a month and a bunch of pills. (which means I’ll have to get an IV once a month. and weekly blood draws where they now have to poke me.) Hooray!

The new me–Little Miss Somersault
(note her long ponytail… my dream hair-do)

from: Tender Mercies


About Dennis Pyritz

Dennis W. Pyritz, RN, BA, BSN, has been a cancer nurse since 1987 and a cancer and bone marrow transplant survivor since 2004. In December 2001 he was diagnosed with t-cell prolymphocytic leukemia (T-PLL), a rare aggressive form of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). Dennis was treated with the then new monoclonal antibody, alemtuzumab (Campath) as this disease has a median survival of 7.5 months. He achieved a 26 month remission but relapsed in February 2004. He was retreated with Campath and went into a second remission. In August 2004 he underwent an allogeneic peripheral blood stem cell transplant with his brother, Mark, as donor. Dennis has remained in remission since - a near miracle. Throughout his career as cancer nurse and patient, Dennis has had the opportunity to speal to both lay and professional groups. Dennis has spoken on cancer topics and survival issues across the country as well as in the United Kingdom, Norway, Austria, Portugal, Honduras, Panama, Guatemala, Trinidad, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Cyrpus, Israel, and India.


Goodbye to my PICC – guest blog — 1 Comment

  1. Congratulatons! I hate my port, and being Stage IV, I’ll have it forever. I sure wish I could dream of the day when it would be removed but uh, that’s probably not a good dream for me. 🙂 At least it’s not a Picc! Enjoy your freedom!

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