It’s supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year – but for friends and family undergoing chemo, the smell of pine and gingerbread could be causing them more pain than joy. Here are our TOP THREE TIPS to help a friend or family reduce their nausea over the Holidays - or really any time of the year!
- DRINK, DRINK, DRINK, and DRINK SOME MORE
Encourage them to drink more fluids. Many folks undergoing chemotherapy need to drink at least two quarts of fluids per day – if they are vomiting it’s important to replace lost fluids to avoid dehydration. We love the stainless-steel tumbler in our Nix Nausea Box, as well as the teapot and flavored tea drops found in our Cancer Care and Rest & Recovery boxes for just this reason!
- DE-SCENT THEIR SURROUDINGS
- DISTRACT THEM
Sometimes, mind over matter can absolutely help a patient – soothing music, books on tape, podcasts, and movies can all be helpful in reorienting their mind away from their nausea. We also love the geometric coloring book found in our Cancer Care and Rest & Recovery boxes, for a simple tool to redirect the mind and focus on a simple task/creative project.
Got any other tips and tricks to share? We'd love to hear them! Send us a note or post in the comments. Take care and know that we're here to help.
It goes without saying that I am NOT a physician, have no medical degree, am not offering formal advice or cures or promises or anything that a mean-spirited lawyer might in any way suggest I am taking responsibility for your personal decisions or treatment. Just providing authentic advice based on personal experience.