Wondered about pulling together some of the tips that people share that may be of use to others preparing to start chemotherapy!
court. How about Chemo Care? Top tips:-
Take a warm drink to your appointment
Take a scarf and gloves to your appointment
Heat pack/wheat bag to soothe tender arm
Good moisturiser for hands and feet eg. Aveeno with Shea butter, Udderly smooth
Keep gloves with grips on by the fridge for getting things out
Make sure all drinks are room temperature or above
Watch out for ‘cold things’ - sometimes cutlery or the toilet handle can give you a tingle
First bite syndrome - sharp pain up by ear when taking a first bite - take a small bite initially then your next bite should be ok
Have a thermometer in the house
Keep a diary of side effects and how you’re feeling. Arrange treats for your good days
Ring the 24 hour helpline if you’re worried - it’s not just for emergencies
Talk to the nurses - there are a lot of different pills and potions so if 1 antisickness med doesn’t work then don’t suffer in silence - the next one might!
My hot water bottle was my friend during the colder months! A hit of instant heat stopped the cold tingles.
At my very first one the nurse put a big cardboard bowl of hot water in front of me and said ‘back in 5 minutes’. When she came back I told her I’d only managed to drink half of it and could I have a bit longer?! She was mortified when she realised it was my first time but relieved that I was joking! x
Have chemo in the summer (not always possible, I admit) if having Oxaliplatin.
CBD oil helps a lot, particularly with nausea and sleep.
Take anti-sickness in the evening as it helps when you have to have breakfast with your capecitabine.
The whole process is rubbish so accept as much help as you can.
Always clean teeth with luke warm water not cold
Nairns stem ginger oat biscuits have helped me with nausea. They are not too sugary and made with wholegrain oats. I even nibble on them through the night if I wake feeling slightly sick.