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Starting Chemo tomorrow, what should I bring?

Asked by ducky_dnl (5376points) February 16th, 2010

I am starting chemo treatments tomorrow. I haven’t been told how long I’ll be in for, so what should I bring? I know to bring clothes, toothpaste, toothbrush, soaps, etc. But what should I bring for fun? I know books are fine, but is it fine to bring my laptop and cell too? Thanks!

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Jeruba's avatar

Are you going to be hospitalized? For outpatient infusions you shouldn’t need an overnight bag. My father and my husband both just went in for a few hours at time for each one. Your best source of information is probably the facility where you’ll be receiving the treatments. Or why don’t you just call your doctor’s office and ask?

Rarebear's avatar

Most places are okay with laptops and celphones. Best to call them, though. Bring DVDs. There are things more boring than sitting in a hospital bed hooked up to slow running IVs when you otherwise feel okay, but I can’t think of any off hand.

mrFROG's avatar

Bring your high spirits. Goodluck with your treatment.

marinelife's avatar

Bring your positive outlook to help with your treatment.

buckyboy28's avatar

Lots of sudoku and crossword puzzle books. Good luck and get well soon!

Jeruba's avatar

Oh, and maybe a lunch or snacks.

spiritual's avatar

All the very best for your treatment. I really hope it is successful.
Maybe bring some novels and magazines, and crossword puzzles, that’s a great idea.

wtfrickinfrack's avatar

I have Sarcoidosis and due to a flare up a few years ago, I had to have a couple rounds of chemo. I went to a few different centers over the course of my treatments and each one had different “guidelines”. So I’m pretty sure you’re going to have to ask what their specific requirements are.

Oh yeah… once I had a few sessions under my belt, I got pretty nauseated during the actual treatments. So I recommend bringing along anything that might help ease you during the treatments if you’re concerned about that.

Good luck! A positive outlook makes all the difference! ;)

majorrich's avatar

Please take my prayers with you. The first one isn’t so bad. Kind of boring though. I got thirsty but they wouldn’t let me have any water. I snuck in some jolly ranchers but got busted. :-(

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

Bring a blanket, an extra pillow, some yummy snacks, a nice book and a bottle of water. Make sure someone comes with you or at very least picks you up.

Judi's avatar

Maybe an iPod?

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