The Good Gift Guide for Chemo Chums
Date Posted: 22.10.2012
DVD box sets and comedy shows - Chemotherapy can cause fatigue so a box set or comedy DVD is a great way to life a pal’s spirits. You could round up her friends and family and record messages and put them online for a bad day.
Magazines – Not only will these stem your friend’s boredom during hospital appointments, they will help entertain her when she needs to stay indoors and rest – chemo can mean that patients are prone to infections.
Fresh, pre-prepared pineapple – Chemotherapy can cause a bad taste in the mouth, so giving your friend a fresh fruit basket including pineapple is a great way to combat this. For a sweeter treat, try cola cubes, pear drops and lemon sherbets.
Flip-flops or fancy household gloves – Chemotherapy can make nails brittle. Treating your friend to a pair of flip-flops will ease pressure on her toenails. Her fingernails may break more easily too, and a pair of fancy household gloves for washing up and cleaning can be a fun way to protect them.
Comfortable pyjamas – Fatigue can mean that your friend will need to rest more often, and chemotherapy can sometimes cause menopausal symptons such as night sweats, so a nice pair of cotton pyjamas is a thoughtful gift.
Webcam – for times when your friend may not be in the mood for a visit, invest in a pair of webcams so that you can chat online and see each other as well.
Your feather duster and vacuum – your friend may not feel up to dusting, vacuuming and ironing after treatment, so why not offer to do some jobs around her house ? You can keep her company while working your way through her ironing pile.
Sunhat – Chemotherapy can make skin more sensitive to sunlight so buy a friend a stylish sunhat.
A pretty headscarf of beanie – If you friend loses her hair, you could buy her a beanie or a scarf. Choose a scarf that is made of soft cotton rather than silk or synthetic materials as it won’t slip off.
Your cookery skills – Your friend may not fancy food shopping and cooking especially as her tastes might have changed as a result of treatment. Offer to buy and cook her a meal, and if you make double portions, she can freeze the rest to have another day.
Audiobooks – listening to a good yarn may help your friend relax. Short stories are ideal as chemo can affect memory and concentration.
Source : Take a Break, 18th October 2012-10-21