Hello blog readers. Recently, I did some research to find out what a person would need while they are undergoing cancer treatments. I wanted to do my best job to include items that would help to comfort my mother-in-law during the treatments that were starting soon for her. I also wanted to put together a care package basket for her to let her know that we were thinking of her and wanting to help her out as much as we could. As I write this post, she is currently in her third week of radiation and chemotherapy to help battle her lung cancer. She may even need more chemo and radiation after these first six weeks. grrr :( The scans that she will have in about a month will help to decide that fate. No matter what, it will be a long and uncomfortable road ahead for sure! I feel so bad for her and I want to help her out as much as I can. God knows that she is a wonderful person, mother-in-law and grandmother to my two boys. I just need her to be here for us for many more years to come!
After doing some research, I realized that the information on what to include in a cancer treatment care package was not super easy to come by, so with this newly acquired knowledge of mine, I have decided to make this post. I hope that it may help out someone else out there who would like to also put together a cancer care package for someone that they know and love too. I know this is totally off the subject of speech therapy, but shucks, this blog is about trying to help other's and if this post can help out someone in any way, than that knowledge will make my day!
As I write this I would like to kindly ask that everyone out there send comforting thoughts and prayers to all of the people in this world that are battling cancer. It is a difficult diagnosis that requires some very trying therapies to try to beat it. So many of the treatments available today do end up helping out tremendously though and that is the encouraging part of this whole story. The treatments are hard to endure, however, and as our loved ones go through chemo and radiations treatments, I hope that we can help comfort and support them as much as we can.
Here's the list of items included in my mother-in-laws care package and why I included them. Thanks for stopping by Twin Speech, Language & Literacy LLC today.
Bath gels, bath bubbles and lotion. Here is a picture of some bubble bath, lotion and bath gel for those times when she needs to just relax alone with a warm bubble bath. I did read that lotions and bubbles without fragrance are often the preferred choice for patients.
Light Reading Magazines: These are so she can have fun flipping through the pages of a magazine, but not have to worry about remembering all of the details that would be included in a long book. Sometimes a person's memory can be effected for the short term during chemo therapy treatments. The drugs given can make patients more forgetful. These mags are light reading and are meant to add some fun to her day.
Puzzles & Playing Cards: These are to help pass the time! She loves to play cards with her girlfriends, and she is very good at crossword puzzles. She can do very difficult puzzles. These are medium level puzzles as I want her to have fun and fill in the answers and not get frustrated and stuck on too many.
These are Queasy Pops and they are something to have to help to ease an upset stomach. She can slowly suck on each one and that will give her something to keep herself a bit busy while she waits for her chemo treatment to end. I like that they come in a variety of flavors and they are made from natural ingredients. Unfortunately, chemo therapy does result in upset stomachs and nausea sometimes.