You might be sitting in the chemo chair for many hours each treatment, especially for the first one, so it’s good to take a few things with you to occupy you and make the time fly quicker.
What to take to chemo:
For years I’ve complained about not having the time to read books any more, especially since having kids. Now, I’m faced with sitting for hours on end having chemo and it’s the perfect time to start reading again. They couldn’t have picked a more wonderful gift for this :)
2. Puzzle Books
I’m a bit of a Puzzle Book fiend and have been since I was a kid so I was delighted to get one from my Mums Group friends in a lovely care package they sent me and it’s been keeping me busy in between watching the daytime TV shows!
Your hospital will probably supply these but as you’re there for a while you might want to take some snacks with you.
Bear this in mind though: some chemo drugs, such as the AC chemo I had first time, cause mouth ulcers and you’re advised to suck an icy lolly while it’s being administered. My nurses provided lemon ones but I honestly don’t think I could ever face one again because I associate it with chemo.
If you are going to take snacks, consider not taking your favourite ones as you might end up being put off them – you don’t want that!
4. Phone Charger
Whether or not you’re an iPhone addict like me and using it almost constantly, you might want to consider taking your charger if you’re going to be at the hospital for a while so you are definitely able to keep in touch with your loved ones if you want to chat to them.
5. A Family Member or Friend
I’ve put this one last for the simple reason that having looked around my chemo ward, some people either choose not to bring their family/friends or they are not able to.
I have been very lucky in always having my husband or mum to come along with me and I’ve had offers from some amazing friends to travel and sit with me too (thank you thank you!).
If you do have someone to come along with you, let them know to bring the above things with them as it’s pretty boring for them too! Oh, and they won’t get a hospital lunch either :) Chemo patients have friends in high places – chemo nurses!
Do you have any more suggestions on what to take to chemo?
If you have a friend or family member about to start chemotherapy, you might like to put together a little care package for them with some of the above and a few of their favourite things! Please give them my love and best wishes and if they have any questions, ask them to contact me and I’ll help in any way I can.
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