What's In My Chemo Bag?

A friend of mine reached out to me last week because her uncle was diagnosed with cancer and was scheduled to go to his first chemo session. My friend wanted to know what she could either buy or do for him to make him as comfortable as possible. I shared with her what I learned to pack in my chemo bag to make a miserable experience as comfy as possible. Hope this helps someone going through chemo to make a miserable situation a little more comfortable.

 

  1. Kindle: Great for keeping me occupied during long infusion days, or for when I'm waiting around for my appointments.
  2. iPad: Especially great for games and white noise apps for when I want to try and nap, especially after being dosed with Benadryl. My favorite white noise app is Noisli
  3. Chargers: for the Kindle and iPad.
  4. Good ol' fashioned book: for when the Kindle runs out of battery life.
  5. Sleep mask: Black out for infusion naps.
  6. Hard candy: (these were a gift from a friend- delicious handmade candies from Paris).
  7. Lemonheads: I use hard candy for when the nurses flush my IV. When they flush the IV, the patient will often get a strange taste in their mouth that resembles rubbing alcohol. It tastes kind of gross, so sucking on candy helps disguise the taste.
  8. Earphones: blocks out noise and listen to my white noise apps, music, etc
  9. Blanket: Sometimes the air conditioning is too strong, or an infusion makes me cold.
  10. Neck pillow: For the days I'm in a chemo chair and not a bed.
  11. Zip up Hoodie: Comfortable, easy to take on and off while hooked up to IVs and the hood is key for a cold, bald head.