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Ideas for a Chemo Patient's Gift Basket

celjla212 4,511 3,517 December 14, 2010 at 11:06 PM
My Dh's grandma just found out last month she has cancer and is doing chemo in Houston (280 miles away) every 3 weeks. For Christmas I wanted to make sure to give her some stuff that might be useful or helpful to her while she is going through all this, sitting in the hospital and traveling and such. But I have no idea what she might need or what could be helpful to her. If anyone has any advice I would appreciate it. Smilie Thanks guys. Going to bed but will check back in the morning

ETA: She's 78. Only likes to read Soap Opera Digest. That's pretty much all she watches too. laugh out loud



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Does she like to read books or magazines?
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As someone who's been down that road, here's a list of things we found helpful:

~lip balm - Rosebud Salve is great and you can get it at Book A Million. Burt's Bees is good too.

~A good lotion without a lot of fragrance. Chemo affects your sense of smell (and taste)

~Inspirational books that are short and sweet. Nothing sappy, just thoughts to keep her spirits up

~ Puzzle books

~A Sharpie so that she can mark stuff that might go to the communal patient fridge

~ A cup with bendy straw and a lid

~A roll of quarters for the vending machines

~Anti bacterial hand gel

~A lap blanket - you could even make one out of fleece - super easy to make. She will get cold very easily.

~Something funny - a Dilbert book, or Calvin and Hobbs,etc. - check your local second hand book store for gently used copies

~ an inexpensive CD player and some mixed CDs + batteries (or a set of rechargeable batteries and the charger)

~Toilet paper ~ hospitals always have the worst!

~Think about things for the person that will be with her as well.

~Family photos in a small book. You could even ask the people in the pics to write something on their page. You feel very separated from everyone. Even when she's home, if her counts are down and she can't have company.

~Depending on how long she will be there, get the address and pass out pre-addressed and stamped cards for friends and loved ones to send.

If I think of anything else, I'll let you know...

Just thought of this - - maybe you can find autographed photos of her fav stars. many are free,
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Last edited by Ms.arteest December 15, 2010 at 12:45 AM.
Well, why the Hell not!
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