We had a wonderful and relaxing vacation even if the weather wasn’t in our favor every day. Now we are back home and taking care of business.
Today was “pre-game prep day”! Next week is a busy one…..Monday I have lab work done and my port placement followed by my first round of chemo on Wednesday. I spent some time today gathering lots of things I’ve been advised to have “on hand” for chemo.
While mom and I were at my oncology appointments last week, she brought her Scout bag and had some reading material, water, snacks, etc. in it. I love those bags – they are so lightweight and durable and I decided that’s just what I needed to pack my chemo essentials in. Got me a Scout bag purchased and monogrammed (thanks Heidi)!
Here’s some things I’ve been advised to have on hand:
- Everyone has said “take your iPad/computer to watch movies, or surf the net” so I made sure I got a bag large enough to accommodate my laptop.
- Candy to get the yucky taste out of my mouth when they flush my port…..Jolly Ranchers and Sour Patch candies were highly recommended (thanks Miranda) as well as orange Tic-Tacs!
- Hand sanitizer and baby wipes since infections are a no-no!
- Pedia-pops for days when I may not really want anything to eat.
- Migraine meds – since I suffer from migraines anyway, the pharmacist recommended I have them on hand for chemo day since we don’t know how I will react to it!
- Biotene for dry mouth.
- Several different kinds of anti-nausea meds as well as a patch.
- Duke’s Magic Mouthwash for mouth sores.
- Water……and more water……and more water……
- Lip balm to keep my lips moisturized
Pre-Game prep is done. Mission Accomplished! Hmmm……..maybe I should have bought a larger bag! 🙂
I’m sure this list may grow – but I think I’m off to a good start! I’m sure I’ll throw in a book also……even with all the e-books available on Kindle, I just like to hold a book in my hands. I bought a new book at the beach this week, but if anyone has any “must read” recommendations, let me know!
The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but the victory belongs to the Lord.
Happy Saturday everyone! Be awesome today and every day!
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Hugs and prayers for you friend!! God’s got this!
Love your bag…Brooke enjoys the one you have her for Christmas. Wear warm clothes…I always froze during chemo, and don’t hesitate to tell CC to request a warm blanket for you. Yes, drink lots of water before, during, and especially after chemo to avoid uti’s and dehydration. Take your favorite pillow…not sure how long your chemo will take…mine took 8-12 hours so I got pretty comfortable. Tell CC to stop by KFC on way home for mashed potatoes, no gravy…thats what I lived on for 2 years, lol. We will be praying for you.
Yes a blanket will be a must!
*The Upside of Down: Finding HOPE When It Hurts
*Heaven’s For Real
*Finding the CAN in Cancer (ask nurse about getting you a copy from Duke)
*Too Busy Not To Pray: Slowing Down to be With God
*You’ll Get Through This
*Imagine Your Life Without Fear
Thanks for the recommendations!
Sonya, I will certainly be praying for you as your journey begins. Keep the faith and keep your good attitude!!! That is a big part of beating this “C” word!!! One thing that helps withe nausea is Ginger hard candy. When i’ve volunteered at the cancer center here they have that on the buggy that I take around when people are getting the chemo. Peanut butter and crackers, ginger ale are both good!!! May God keep you strong as you fight to beat this thing. Love you!!!
Good to know…..thanks!!