• Things to bring to the infusion center

    Asked by CarolLHRN on Thursday, January 19, 2012

    Things to bring to the infusion center

    I am about to start my second round of chemo (FOLFOX). My last round, I just had to go to the infusion center to have blood work and my pump reloaded (30 minutes tops). I understand this time I will be at the infusion center for about 4 hours every other week. I was wondering if anyone had tips on important things to have to pass the time and make it more comfortable.

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    • booboo's Avatar

      If you are getting infusions of oxaliplatin be sure to bring warm socks and mittens or gloves. Oxaliplatin makes your hands, feet and throat very sensitive to cold. Bring drinks at room temperature. Bring snacks unless your center provides them (many do) but nothing that is very cold because cold foods and liquids can cause you to have painful spasms in your throat. I brought books at first but I found it hard to concentrate on reading. Bring your laptop and some DVDs or an ipod. Wear comfortable clothes, and be sure the nurse can get easy access to your port (no turtlenecks!) Bring a friend if you can, its nice to have someone to talk to. Bring your best positive attitude,

      almost 9 years ago
    • LittleRed's Avatar

      My best friend and a good sense of humour! I said no to my family. Hard as that was for them. But I knew they would be too worried and sad. My HS friend and i had a crazy time - patients and nurses were all laughing. If only we'd taped my Gene Kelly dancing in the rain with my I'VE pole!! Not for everyone, but I needed to LIVE and do it BIG when I was under stress. I had a wonderful care team and they supported me all the way. OK. The Benedryl knocked me out at times but I truly believe the laughter made a HUGE difference!! Cancer fears only one thing and that is JOY in life. We can defy it with dignity and hope. Rock on!!!

      almost 9 years ago
    • bhurdlow's Avatar

      Hi Carol. I have a particular shawl that I always bring to both the hospital and my infusions. It's a pashmina and since those rooms are always cold, it's nice to be warm. It's also sort of luxurious and I feel pampered by it which is a good way to feel when you're having an infusion. Your own sort of cozy is a good thing. If you have a certain snack or meal that you enjoy, that's a good thing to bring along. I found that being too hungry during chemo was always a recipe for disaster so I'd bring lunch for my long days. I always brought my iPad with headphones so I could watch a movie or show on hulu. In reality, I usually had some Ativan with my infusions so I mostly slept but being prepared to make the time pass is a good idea. I hope the treatment goes well!

      over 7 years ago

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