When the nurse puts on a hazmat suit to administer chemotherapy – you know it’s toxic. Ask anyone who has gone through chemotherapy and they’ll tell you they wouldn’t wish it on their worst enemy.
Whether a friend, co-worker or loved one’s treatment plan includes surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, hormone treatment, etc., there are several must-haves that make treatment a bit more manageable. Placed in a box, bag or basket sends a caring message and creates a smile – both of which are much appreciated by the one who endures the treatment AND their loved ones.
Chemo Survival Kit: 10 Must-Haves
- Everything Biotene for the mouth
- Hard candy to help produce saliva (this helps to soothe mouth sores)
- Sleep caps – the body temperature of someone going through treatment changes drastically and they tend to feel cold.
- Knit caps for outdoors
- Emu oil or lotion for body – keeping skin moist prevents cracking, which prevents bacteria infections. Remember, immune systems are compromised!
- Lip balm
- A gentle shampoo to protect the scalp when hair falls out.
- Multiple water bottles – lifesavers as getting enough fluid is key.
- Magazines and/or books
- iTunes gift card – because music feeds the soul.
Co-Survivor Kit Ideas:
- Chocolate – just because
- Magazines and/or books for distraction and to combat the constant waiting….in….the…doctor office.
- Adult coloring books and markers – coloring a scene from Harry Potter is an escape even if it’s 5-10 minutes 😉
- Water bottle / Hot beverage mug – tea, coffee, water. You’re on the run…a lot.
- iTunes gift card (same reason as above)
- Journal (capturing random thoughts, questions for the doctor, create a “bucket list” together of things you’d like to do together, movies to see, etc.) A friend shared she journaled during treatment to relax her mind.
What items might you add?