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Unread 01-19-2004, 07:31 AM
Chemo Tips?

good morning, all

I received two chemo tips from my research nurse last week. I thought it might be interesting to start a thread of these, especially since my chemo will be starting next month, yikes! And I know there will be many others who might find the thread useful.

1. Do not change the litterbox. Bacteria in the dust coming up from the litter can cause you to get an infection.

2. Do not dig in the dirt. No gardening No messing around with, or repotting houseplants.
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Unread 01-19-2004, 08:23 AM
Chemo Tips?

Good Tips..

I had heard about both of them. However, when I had chemo my oncologist did not give me any restrictions except for not sun bathing without lots of sunscreen.

I work in one of the germiest places. I teach Nursery School and also worked in the day camp during the summer.

According to my oncologist, the patients who do the very best on chemo are the ones who still live a normal life. And that is what I did.

But everyone does have to do what is best for them.

Unread 01-19-2004, 08:37 AM

Oh Rosalie, you are right in the midst of a 'germ pool', aren't you? and here I was worrying about going into a grocery store.

I am used to getting alot of sun. We go to the lake and fish alot. But the whole radiation treatment area (everything my bikini would show!) is suppose to stay sunfree for the rest of my life. Considering the fact that I just WANT a 'rest of my life'....small price to pay

Hope you are doing well,
nancy j
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Unread 01-19-2004, 09:07 AM

I did do some yard work and digging, but I wore gloves.

BIRDS. AVOID BIRDS! Bird droppings can contain bacteria as well. If you have a bird, you may want it in its own area and someone else should clean the cage. When I would clean out my garage monthly (I left the door up all the time and was running an apartment for otherwise homeless birds) I would sweep and clean with both gloves AND a mask on.

PLANT WATER. I am extremely careful when changing the water on cut flowres or when tossing them. I use hand gel first, try to touch nothing that's been under water, rinse vases well, and clean hands well afterwards. There can be bacteria in this water.
Unread 01-19-2004, 09:34 AM
Chemo Tips?

My three most passed along tips:

Stop constipation before it sets in. For me that meant taking one senokot the night of chemo and for the next three nights.

Push the liquids, mainly water, for three days after each treatment. Help those kidneys flush out the poisons.

Hair loss: once it happens, you will be shocked how quickly you stop thinking about it!

oxoxo karenann
Unread 01-19-2004, 01:09 PM
Chemo Tips?

I had not heard the warning about keeping radiated skin out of the sun. My skin never changed at all during radiation, so I wonder if the same thing applies to me? But then I guess it doesn't matter, I wasn't planning on a exposing any of that area to the sun!

Did your doctor tell you why that skin could never be in the sun?

Just wondering. Thanks.
Unread 01-19-2004, 01:15 PM
Chemo Tips?

Hi Jane,

I don't know. Guess I was just having one of those,"whatever you say" moments!LOL
I'll ask next visit.

nancy j
Unread 01-19-2004, 04:34 PM
Chemo Tips?

Great thread, Tsalagi.

Let me add this tip:

Since I had to do chemo, I am glad that I agreed to have a port a cath implanted.

I think that it has saved a lot of poking and prodding of me!
Unread 01-19-2004, 09:17 PM
Chemo Tips?

Hi Tsalagi,
The treatment center where I had chemo gave me a three-ring binder full of tips for handling chemo and/or radiation, including dietary do's and don'ts, mouth care, bathing and skin care, nausea control, depression, and insomnia to name a few. If there is a particular area of interest let me know and I'll write it up.

I also was told about the cat litter, but since I live alone someone had to keep the box clean. They told me to wear a mask and disposable gloves, which I did and still do.

I never had problems with constipation, but many do, so follow Karenann's advice!

One tip - don't eat favorite foods during chemo as you may associate them later with the treatment. I know that sounds strange, but taste and smell can trigger memories. I drank blueberry juice during chemo and find I can't stand it now. I also had to change my facial moisturizer a few months ago because the smell reminded me of treatments. Weird, huh?

Take care.
Unread 01-20-2004, 09:37 AM
Chemo Tips?

Nancy, I was also told to stay out of the sun when doing chemo. I think it has something to do with being more sensitive to the sun. Not only that but the next day my face was so red it looked like I had been in the sun. Maybe it is so they can keep track of this. They always asked if I was sitting out in my back yard. I told them only after dark and before or after the mosquitoes were out.

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