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    • elsien
    • By elsien 17th May 17, 11:24 AM
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    Chemotherapy and hospital visits
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    • 17th May 17, 11:24 AM
    Chemotherapy and hospital visits 17th May 17 at 11:24 AM
    I have a male relative in hospital having intensive chemotherapy. It is not someone I know particularly well but I am the nearest person to the hospital he has had to travel to for treatment and he has said he would like a visit.
    I know little about his interests - I'm not sure he has many, due to ongoing serious MH issues - but would like to take something along to make the hospital stay a little more bearable. It's not a prolonged stay, but even so there must be something someone in hospital would appreciate however I am stumped for ideas as I'm not sure how well the usual grapes, chocolate etc would go down with all the potential side effects.
    Any suggestions?
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    • Gigervamp
    • By Gigervamp 18th May 17, 2:58 PM
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    What about a pack of cards? You can sit and play together, and he can play them when you've gone if he feels up to it.
    • Amber Sunshine
    • By Amber Sunshine 21st May 17, 3:17 PM
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    Time weighs heavy on your hands when you're in hospital, and if you've got a foggy 'chemo brain' as well it can make concentrating difficult. I'd recommend loading talking books and podcasts on an Mp3 player, as you can fit a lot of entertainment on it. He might also enjoy radio if he has a smartphone, so take some headphones in either way. Magazines and newspapers might be easier to concentrate on than books, as you can read a little and then out it down without losing the thread. If he's arty, a pad and pencil can pass the time and be therapeutic as well.
    • faerielight
    • By faerielight 21st May 17, 11:03 PM
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    I always appreciate aromatherapy in hossie, some lavender oil, or a woody one, or if you can stretch to it, a room stray is so nice to have , such as the Neal's Yard one. Also, eye masks are essential, the fleur lights are so taxing.
    Many thanks to all who contribute on MSE
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