• Planning a thank you day as my treatment (chemo) comes to an end...

    Asked by HearMeRoar on Wednesday, June 12, 2013

    Planning a thank you day as my treatment (chemo) comes to an end...

    Howdy! How did you say thanks to key medical people after your treatment was over? I'm visiting my breast surgeon for a 4 month follow-up and will be thanking her and her nurse... because they were amazing!! I would also like to thank the technicians in nuclear medicine who got me through an absolutely awful time. And then of course there is my oncologist and his nurse. And the infusion nurse. How did you say thank you??

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    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      That's a good thing! I did this last time at my Radiation center. I done a little something for each of 3 different nurses/technicians. I have a Landscape business so one of them had been talking about having a new house and wanted to landscape but couldn't afford it. I drew her a landscape design that they could plant as they could afford to.

      I done something like that for the other two also.

      over 3 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      I love to bake and to be honest, I'm quite good at it, especially cookies....so as I was feeling better, I baked cookies to take to the front desk staff and nurses at the chemo clnic...then when I was done rads, I baked cookies for the rads staff. I didn't do anything special the docs though....to me its the nurses, techs (etc) who are the unsung heros!!!!

      over 3 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      When I finished my radation treatment, I brought in several boxes of high end fudge, which I distributed to all the staff at the center - the techs, nurses, receptions, etc - each area got there own 3 lbs. I also bought star charms on eBay and gave them to everyone.

      I still carry those charms around and hand them out when someone goes out of there way for me.

      over 3 years ago
    • MMarie's Avatar
      MMarie (Best Answer!)

      I sent a letter of commendation to the Chief Medical Officer and the Clinic President about 5 employees (surgeon, surgery technician, appointment coordinator, medical assistant and receptionist) in the plastic surgery department. I sent it Monday which would have put the letter in the clinic on Tuesday. I saw all 5 of them today (Wednesday) when I went for a post-op appointment. EACH of them had already received a hand written note from the president on Tuesday...and were THRILLED. The clinic I go to has 450 physicians so it's no mom and pop joint. Being recognized in a personnel file, I believe, it the best thank you there is.

      My last day of chemo, I took raspberry brownies and a hand written note including 10 things I learned (serious to funny) from each of the two nurses I had throughout the chemo treatments. It made it really personal.

      over 3 years ago
    • Lasander's Avatar

      When I ended my first round of it all, I made a donation in my teams names to the American cancer society. I then baked a cake, took it to them with the receipt from ACS saying " I hope to put you all out of work"! They got a big kick out of it. Quite honestly, as a hospice administrator, I can not imagine a tougher job than what they have. They see the good, bad and ugly every day and keep on keeping on! What amazing people we have on our side when our side seems one sided. It's amazing what a simple smile, hug or pat on the back can do for us or them. They fight our battle every day, every patient... Every time… where would we be and what would we be without them? I don't think any of us want to answer that question. So be it either a donation, cake, flowers or untold wealth.. They get it, everyday, every patient every time with every gesture including never having to see us again!!

      over 3 years ago
    • Misty's Avatar

      On my last day we brought assorted muffins (the big ones from a great doughnut shoppe). We had enough for all the chemo nurses, the gals in Reception, the doctors and all the chemo patients who were in the infusion room that morning.

      We also have a volunteer "quilt lady" who spends her time quilting lap blankets for all of the chemo patients to take home with them. I brought her a large bag of new calico prints to use in her quilts. She takes no money for them, but accepts donations of fabric.

      These were simple things, but were appreciated by all.

      Congratulations on your last chemo!

      over 3 years ago
    • Cactus49's Avatar

      I brought treats for the radiation oncology staff and invited a friend who is a professional clown. She greeted the staff and sang a couple of cheerful songs that the folks in the waiting room enjoyed also. In my last week of treatment, I played a few pranks on the staff with a clown whistle and a red nose, so that was a hint of the treat to come. I wasn't the easiest patient to deal with but they knew they were appreciated!

      over 3 years ago
    • DorothyV's Avatar

      I baked cookies for each doctor's office: breast surgeon, oncology, radiology. I put them in a plastic tin and left napkins so everyone could help themselves. In the smaller office I put them in individual plastic bags tied with ribbon. My breast surgeon came in the room and said he had already gotten into the cookies!

      over 3 years ago
    • DorothyV's Avatar

      When my mom died from leukemia my dad took a huge fruit basket to the oncology nurses on that floor. They really enjoyed it. One of my mom's nurses was her next door neighbor. She was so kind to mom and our family:)

      over 3 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar

      I brought in the best coffee cakes ion the world..Real Danish Kruegels.

      I always stop in to my my Chemo nurses when I come in for scans. I make sure to yell out to the entire waiting room " I am still cancer free". People applaud and I know it gives hope to those waiting their turn for the chair.

      over 3 years ago
    • PaulineJ's Avatar

      I wish I could have done more like I see here that you all thought of doing.It was around Christmas time when I had my last radiation treatment .The staff was so great.Even though I didn't think of all you did I gave each and everyone a Christmas card.Surgeon and his staff also at the other hospital. where I went through 2 surgeries.I didn't realize it ,but was told a couple of months ago that I was under so much trauma by a dentist I was also going to at the time.Now I can understand why I never thought of doing something special for everyone.And I'm below poverty level,so that would be another reason.You learn something knew everyday here by all you special people that did special things.Thank You....maybe I'll be smarter at another time to do something.

      over 3 years ago
    • leslie48240's Avatar

      I think actual food is always nice...or a gift card for a place close to work or a tray with goodies. so many people are eating healthier...maybe a tray with healthy choices...as they get a lot of cookies etc. Also...down the road when you have to go back in the building for whatever...(tests, visit a friend) stop by their work spot and introduce yourself and remind them of date of your treatments and tell them how grateful you are for their kind and apparently efficient treatment ...cuz you are still here and doing well! I think that means a LOT to them. I went back to my surgeons office (he had only seen me on the two worst days of my life ... and I was an emotional crying wreck). Nurse said no one ever does that and she went and got the dr ...they were happy to see I was well as things did not look hopeful at initial dx. (she even pulled my chart to remind themselves of the case and made a notation that I lived!) I do believe I made their day! I know it made me feel good.

      over 3 years ago
    • Gabba's Avatar

      I sent each team ( surgical, radiation, med onc) an Edible Arrangement in their special white with pink ribbon vase...in the case of my surgeon she let it be know to the entire office that the vase was HERS...it is still on her desk as a pen holder! I also send each department a Christmas card each year which is a picture of my entire family (husband, kids, grandkids and me!) and remind them that they are the reason I continue to be able to do this...good luck and God bless!

      over 3 years ago
    • jad's Avatar

      I made a small donation in honor of my surgeon to a charity/foundation his father (now a retired surgeon) set up in support of a rare medical condition - I forget what.

      I feel a little bad that I never got a thank you response from him - I wasn't expecting a letter, but maybe a comment when I came back for a check. But I completely understand that he's a very busy guy and that extra little chore probably got lost in his taking time and paying attention to
      his clients who need him. I still think he's a fine surgeon, (as his father was) and a really good guy.

      over 3 years ago
    • Nonnie917's Avatar

      Say it with brownies or a some sort of fruit basket. They shouldn't be too hard to put together and I am sure that they will enjoy whatever you bring them. It shows them how much you appreciated them.

      over 3 years ago
    • gogolf's Avatar

      I bought a couple bunches of carnations and took them with me and gave each person a flower and they were very surprised and pleased. I even gave the receptionist one. I also took them to treatment and gave each patient and companion one also. It was such a thrill to be able to do this and they loved it.

      over 3 years ago
    • oceanblue24's Avatar

      We have a Philly soft pretzel shop near us so I took pretzel bites to the front desks, infusion & rad nurses. And for the infusion nurses who waited on my hand & foot I also had them make up a big pretzel that said "thank you".

      over 3 years ago
    • CAL's Avatar

      What great ideas from all of you. I also like to bake so I have all along been baking (using the fruits and vegetables my husband grows) and taking in an assortment of bake goods. Last Fall when we still had raspberries and strawberries, I would take in fresh produce to the oncology staff and I even made some of my homemade pesto pizza for them. By the time I was doing radiation, I was feeling much more energetic so I baked breads and muffins and cakes for the staff. The radiation oncologist laughed because the staff like the stuff so much that he didn't get any so for my 4 week checkup, I made him his own special bread.

      As a nurse, I honestly can say that I really appreciate the kudos that come from patients in the form of letters to the administration. So often, those high up in administration don't understand what the "hands on staff" have to do to fend the questions, fears, and physical ups and downs of patients so it is really nice to know that the patients communicate that to them.

      over 3 years ago
    • Bug's Avatar

      I wrote heartfelt thank you notes.

      over 3 years ago

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