• shower

    Asked by joy215 on Sunday, March 10, 2013


    I receive chemo at home 24 -7 how can i shower i was told by the nurse i could not but other people said there is something i could place over this to shower safely thank you

    11 Answers from the Community

    11 answers
    • Peroll's Avatar

      When I had a pump I was able to shower because they covered area where the line went into my port with a adhesive piece that would keep water out. These clear adhesive patches seem to be the normal protocall nowadays. I would ask your DR or chemo hurses how you can cover ity to shower. Good Luck

      over 3 years ago
    • IKickedIt's Avatar

      I tried plastic wrap, but it leaked. I settled for the bathtub and washing my hair in the sink.

      over 3 years ago
    • nance's Avatar

      Hang in there Joy215 you are going to get thru it!

      over 3 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      If the pump is battery operated, you could electrocute yourself. Please do not try it.

      over 3 years ago
    • RobbieFlores' Avatar

      I wrap my picc line with saran and tape the ends so it doesn't leak. The pump I wrap up in a plastic bag, I unfurl all the tubing to give me as much slack as possible. Then I shove the pump up between the spaces on the top of the shower curtain. So far so good. Trial and error but it always works for me no accidents. Take care :)

      over 3 years ago
    • joyce1979's Avatar

      I did just about the same thing as RobbieFlores. The onco nurse told me to do it this way & it worked just fine. I put the pump outside of the shower on a chair & dried off carefully. No one ever mentioned electrocution since it was battery-run. The sticky type of Glad Wrap worked well & then I used medical type tape to hold it on. I did unwind the cord all the way so the pump could be put outside the shower stall.

      over 3 years ago
    • LauraJo's Avatar

      What Peroll said is correct - they will replace that clear adhesive patch weekly, but they can give you extras to take home, and if your's gets wet, you can change it yourself,which is what I did. I used to just drape a handtowel over my shoulder, and showered with that side as away from the spray as I could get it, and ran the tubing our the shower curtain, and set the chemo pack on a shelf. It may take you a little bit of contorting, but you will be able to do it. Ask one of the other nurses at your chemo center - they may be able to give you a few tips.

      over 3 years ago
    • booboo's Avatar

      I agree with Peroll and LauraJo, showering was no problem. For me the hardest part was finding a clear place on a shelf for the chemo pack.

      over 3 years ago
    • NanaL's Avatar

      You will not get electrocuted if you shower with your pump. I found hanging the pump (on the outside) by the straps of the fanny pack on the shower rod worked great! Ialso used the plastic cling wrap with surgical tape to seal the port. Don't worry if it gets a little damp. Just make sure to dry the area thoroughly with a towel. I would generally shower Mon, Wed and Fri. Fri my nurse came and changed everything out. I would wash my hair in the sink on my off shower days. Don't worry you'll work it out. Prayers being sent your way!

      over 3 years ago
    • hfrench's Avatar

      I had my husband install one of those handheld shower attachments. Inexpensive and easy to do. At least I could get a good shower daily "below the waist" and used a washcloth for my upper body. Washing my hair in the tub was the most awkward part, dry shampoo really helped on inbetween days. Best of luck to you, try to keep your sense of humor!

      over 3 years ago
    • cindywho's Avatar

      I took a bath. Washed hair in the sink when all done. Good Luck!!!

      over 3 years ago

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