Happy New Year
As we head to New Year’s Eve, there is lots to think about, be grateful and hope for in the New Year. I am very grateful for the support of friends and family, to a free public health system, to a bevy of fantastic health specialists and for time to heal and recover from the year of 2011.
2011 was a year of highs and lows for me. From Cancer to a holiday in Wales and Ireland, from chemo to a dis-established (or something like that) job…and many things in between.
I have lots of ideas for 2012 so will keep you posted. I hope that 2012 brings us all increased health and happiness.
See you in 2012 x Andrea
A Chemo Kit
When doing chemo, I had a few ideas about the perfect chemo kit and preparing for chemo.
The Day Before:
– Buy Ginger Ale and Ginger Ale ice blocks for the freezer
– Buy benefibre and Kiwicrush for the freezer
– Ensure mouthwash is made up
– Get prescriptions filled and make up a list/sheet to guide you in taking medications post-chemo
– The night before, get your bag ready and take your pre-chemo medication
On the day:
– Drink at least 500ml before arriving at the hospital
– Allow extra time to get to the appointment without rushing
– Dress in layers of clothes; I find a scarf good as there can be chilly air conditioning,
– Take the pre-chemo medication
– (If veins are an issue, arrange beforehand to arrive at the hospital at least an hour beforehand to have a blood test on the day). On cold days, I wear gloves before my appointment to warm up the veins (so the cannula can be inserted more easily).
– Have a good breakfast beforehand and a nice hot drink.
– Have a walk or gentle exercise if there is time.
A good chemo kit contains:
- Snacks (a variety of small bits and pieces eg nuts, chippies, fruit/dried fruit, yogurt, a muffin or sandwich)
- A water bottle (an easy to use one as you usually have only one hand free)
- A Chemo/health notebook. I have a small hardcover notebook where I record all my medications and side effects, plus record questions and then answers at each medical appointment. It is small and easy to carry with me.
- Your medical paperwork – blood test card, chemo prescriptions etc.
- Sudoku or crossword books.
- Music or movies: Headphones and relaxing music or a DVD to watch.
- Reading materials: a book or two and magazines (light and relaxing reading such as a novel).
- Art materials. Drawing paper and some aqua colour pencils.