What to do before Chemotherapy

I posted this information previously when I was blogging about going through Chemo and the illness, but closed it down and started again.

So today I am going to share with you some tips for before you go through Chemotherapy or any other kind of therapy.

Stock up on Sorbolene Cream, this is good for washing with and moisturising your body, as the chemicals will affect you and some body washes and soaps are too harsh.

sorbolene

Stock up on QV, Baby wash or any other low and non irritant wash, ask the chemist for some ideas of what is available and what is affordable. Oatmeal is good and if you have a bath you can have an oatmeal bath to help soothe the skin.

soap

 

Baby wipes, or any kind or wipes. If you are toxic from the chemicals this is an easy way to wipe yourself while you are out and you can dispose of them easily without harming others. Wipes are also good for keeping in your toilet. Some people cannot tolerate toilet paper this is much better. Some people are so sick and weak that wipes make it much easier to go to the toilet.  If you use them you have to make sure that every now and then you use active enzymes in your toilet to help break it down. Wipes are like triple ply toilet paper it takes longer for it to dissolve in the drain.

wipes

 

Get some of the flat water bottles to put in your shower and put your body wash in one and with moisturiser in the shower, this makes it easier to use and comes in handy if you are weak and unable to do some things yourself. They hang easily and can be refilled when you need.

This flat water bottle

 

Ensure you have a lot of soft clothing and underwear, Chemo can make your skin bruise. Some women have problems with their Bra’s causing them problems. Soft easy clothing to get in and out of are great. Less drama to get dressed or changed.

Stock up on Bleach and Vinegar and Bicarb, again because of the chemicals and because your skin might rash easily, use non irritating soaps for washing up the dishes and the clothes. Often you have to wash your own clothes separately because of the chemicals coming out of your system. So having a ready supply of cleaning aids makes life easier, and cheaper if you buy before hand.

The reason for giving these tips is that I learnt the hard way, no one told me of the problems that can arise from Chemo on simple things. It’s not implied or even mentioned until after you are undergoing treatment. This is a time that many of us are short of money and have too many bills to pay so just simply being aware and having some things ready and waiting can ease life a little bit.

If you have any tips that you would like to share, just inbox me and I will post them.

Thank you

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About proudblacksista

An Aboriginal woman. mother of 4 diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour 7 years ago.I want to share my story to help others. I am working to help other Aboriginal people face the battles of Cancer. Email me with your stories or concerns at aboriginalcancer.com View all posts by proudblacksista

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