• What do you drag to chemo w/you?

    Asked by BuckeyeShelby on Thursday, December 20, 2012

    What do you drag to chemo w/you?

    So... for those of you on (or having completed) chemo -- what do you bring w/you? I'm sitting in my infusion chair now. My book bag has my fuzzy blanket. I have a whole bunch of books, a sudoku bk, bottle of juice, trail mix and a small lunch (I'll be attched to my IV until after 2:30). How 'bout you?

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    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      Bless you heart Shelby, I hope it's an easy day for you.

      When I first started I would take an iPad with me to watch movies on. But because I was getting chemo 8 hours a day, 5 days in a row....I was feeling like crap by the 3rd day so I would try to sleep more than anything. When my Grandmother would take me, we'd always find time to play a couple of games of yahtzee. Word puzzles were always fun. I took some books with me but never really felt like reading. Lots of hard candy and little snacks. My hard candy of choice were life savers. I can't even look at them now....

      over 5 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar


      Funny you should ask this today as I'm at the infusion center. I shelp my DROID, kindle, the New York Times, my crocheting, snacks, tea, magazines and books which I donate Today I also brought boxes of candy as holiday gifts for the staff at the center and my oncologist office oh I also carry gold star charms to give out when someone has been extra helpful

      over 5 years ago
    • Lirasgirl33's Avatar

      I look like a bag lady when I go to chemo. I take my purse, also a bag full of snacks (fruit, yogurt, ensure, water, etc), and a bag with all my entertainment stuff (iPod, kindle fire, book, magazine, head phones, etc). And I've recently started taking my favorite blanket with me as well. People must think I'm there to spend the night! LOL :D

      over 5 years ago
    • Harry's Avatar

      Let's see, on Tuesday I brought wife, daughter, a book that I didn't look at, and my laptop. USed the laptop, mainly. The wife and daughter were along because of the unusual nature of the treatment. I slept a lot.

      over 5 years ago
    • GypsyJule's Avatar

      I have a great canvas bag that says "Emotional Baggage," and it's normally filled with my Kindle, a book, my chemo quilt and various little junk. It ends up that I can't concentrate to read while I'm in treatment anyway, so I either play on my iPhone or close my eyes and wish I could sleep.

      over 5 years ago
    • SpunkyS's Avatar

      My kindle for the few minutes I am awake. A stuffed lamb that is my mascot - the staff know it by name, and a blanket because the chemo bay is drafty. Finally a small purse with change in it to get a 49 cent cone from McDonald's we I was finished. While I was on active chemo I also dragged my sister. Actually she dragged me to and from.

      over 5 years ago
    • SpunkyS's Avatar

      I never had to bring snacks or food. Our Cancer center provides lunch for us. We can order as much and as often as we want from the menu of the hospital to chich the CC is attached. Chemo day was the only day I craved and tolerated their fantastic Peanut butter torte - a few bites. Our guest could do the same for $5. What a deal - if you were able to eat. One gentleman did go overboard. He ordered a huge breakfast, then lunch, and took leftovers home so he didn't have to cook.

      over 5 years ago
    • Mel's Avatar

      I would take my water a small canvas bag with a book, magazines, spearmint lifesavers. Sometimes I could read and others the bendryll got to me so much I felt woozy, and disoriented, blurred vision so just sat there and listen to people talk. Loopy!! :)

      over 5 years ago
    • packerbacker's Avatar

      I bring my laptop and homework, a puzzle book, soda, yogurt, and I usually order a little lunch, which is at a reduced cost. I hope today and the next few days are good for you. Oh, and I bring my husband. He works extra during the week so he can be off Fridays.

      over 5 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar

      I now bring mty tablet, which has books, music and cabn stream movies, headphones and my work laptop. I have found that I can do my online training for work and get paid to have chemo. Sounds kind of perverse dosen't it??

      over 5 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar

      i also bring my wife who brings cookine for the chemo nurses. I never get a cookie as they disapear quickly.

      over 5 years ago
    • Bellamore's Avatar

      I bring a book which I never get to read. My infusion group is the chattiest bunch of people I have ever met. I love all the talking and sharing. Of course, there is alot of respect there too, so people will leave you alone if they sense that is what you want. But I can't rember anyone being quiedt for very long. But that's my infusion group in Vermont.

      AT MSK you get you're own little room. So my husband comes in with me. My chemo is only 1/2 hour, so hardley worth bringing a book.

      over 5 years ago
    • IKickedIt's Avatar

      My bag...which always stayed in the car...had my backgammon board, puzzle books, and fuzzy socks! After finishing chemo, it was huge when I brought that bag into the house and unpacked it! I haven't looked at that bag since, just can't look at it or use it.

      over 5 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      I took lunch and snacks, music, books etc....but I didn't want to do anything but sleep...so didn't listen to head phones or anything, but it was nice to have snacks and drinks.....

      over 5 years ago
    • Ivy's Avatar

      My husband and I both took our laptops--there was wireless internet available. We also brought healthy snacks. (The infusion center had high-calorie, high-carb snacks but nothing that I could eat, especially since chemo and stress push blood sugar levels off the chart). We brought a small cooler with ice in it as the infusion floor had semi-cold water bottles but no ice. I brought an insulated drinking glass with a lid as the meds made me less alert and more likely to spill drinks. We brought comedy DVDs but didn't have the energy to watch. Also, watching the TV in the infusion rooms was very frustrating as headphones were required, there was only 1 set of headphones, and the sound quality of the headphones was so bad it was better to put the channel on something that you could follow just looking at the images. Perhaps other centers have more a little better amenities...

      over 5 years ago
    • Joachima's Avatar

      I brought a small cooler with snacks & water, a blanket, my ipod with all my favorite music, and my iPhone which kept me in touch with cyber space. After treatment was over, I couldn't look at that cooler or the blanket without getting sick - honestly - everything that reminds me of treatment makes me sick to my stomach ... sounds weird, I know.

      over 5 years ago
    • LibraryGirl54's Avatar

      Choose who you bring carefully. Having my husband with me during treatment was like trying to have chemo while minding a 2 year old. He squirmed in the chair, kept asking "how much longer," drank all the free Cokes, sighed, grunted, and groaned the whole time. Next treatment I'm going solo. I am blessed that I can dial in and work from the infusion room and I intend to get caught up on all those tasks I never seem to have time to do during a normal workday. Oh, also I highly recommend bringing a small "something" - rosary beads, a picture of your family, a prayer card, a note from a friend - to remind you that you have love and support.

      about 4 years ago

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