• First Chemo

    Asked by Gretchen on Sunday, April 21, 2013

    First Chemo

    Hello family What Nexters, here I go again seeking help. Wednesday is my first day of chemo, I'll be admitted for 5 days, I'm looking for tips, advice, things to bring with, ANYTHING! THANK YOU ALL for your help <3

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    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Good luck on your treatments, may they be smooth and free from nausea! What type of chemo are you getting. List that and others that have had those drugs will be able to tell you how they reacted.

      Let us know after your done and how you are.

      over 5 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar

      I always bring my tablet computer that has books and music loaded on it and allows me to surf the web and stream movies. It is sorrt of my all in one entertainment system. A laptop will work too. I use the headphones to cancel out the noises in the hospital so that I can get some sleep, though I haven't found the kind tghat cancel out the repeated vital sign checks that keep waking me up in the middle of the night. You might also want to bring the phone numbers of local restrants that deliver soyou can ge away from hospital food, though it works best if you get enough for your nurse to share so sne won't turn you in to the DR. If you have access you can check in here on WhatNext and ask silly questions to entertain your self, we will provide silly answers. Good Luck

      over 5 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar

      I wish you the best. Chemo is not the most pleasant experience but it is definitely doable.
      I considered Chemo as an important weapon in my battle against this evil and elusive enemy.
      I would envision Chemo advancing through my body and zapping any little cancer cells that had wandered. With this attitude, I was able to consider Chemo a friend -- not an enemy.
      It will be a great time to catch up on your reading, letter writing, etc. I know that email has taken over but people still like to receive those hand written note cards in the mail. I am sure that you have family and friends who are concerned that would really appreciate hearing from you.
      It is time away from responsibilities -- some time to reflect -- I know it is not a Spa but it can be relaxing if you are able to get rest, etc. You will soon have it all behind you. Good Luck!!

      over 5 years ago
    • hope4cure's Avatar

      When my son did 5 days he took dvd's, some of his own snacks. He had frig in his room and took some things for that. Even though he could order anytime he preferred having some of his own. He took a book but didn't read a lot. I will be praying for you! My son is starting a new chemo today.

      over 5 years ago
    • hope4cure's Avatar

      Also if you get any mouth sores as you can from chemo let them know...they have stuff to take care of them!

      over 5 years ago
    • TubThumping's Avatar

      Drink lots and lots of fluids, Ifosamide is hard on the kidneys. I brought my computer, books, and knitting. The most important thing I had was a blanket that was made for my by my church. It was nice having something warm, cheery and mine.
      You'll probably feel icky after the end of this week but should recover pretty quickly. If you are nauseous tell them don't try to tough it out - its not worth it and they have great drugs to keep you from being sick. If you have mouth sores let them know immediately. I wound up with a wicked case of thrush after the second week of chemo.
      Rest, rest, rest
      God Bless

      over 5 years ago
    • reginak's Avatar

      Sorry, I've never had chemo. My prayers are with you. Have a support person that can bring you stuff you think of while you're in.
      Let us know how you are doing!

      over 5 years ago
    • hope4cure's Avatar

      Thinking of you as you begin your treatment tomorrow! Praying the chemo will kick it! Stay strong!

      over 5 years ago

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