Just as travelers and trekkers - for decades - have been putting together packing lists to help their fellow travelers and trekkers know what to bring along when you don't know what to bring along, I've put together the following handy list of items Liz and I successfully schlepped to/from 19 chemotherapy treatments. You don't want to be caught without any of these items!
Ipad (I watched an entire season of "The Americans" and half a season of "Man in the High Castle", both good shows);
- A book (I read Sheryl Sandberg's "Option B" - very appropriate - but most of the time I found it very difficult to concentrate);
- Bag of various chargers and charging devices (does this need explanation?);
- Fleece jacket (the chemo room was always cold - or at least I was always cold);
- Stocking cap (again, always cold);
- Throat lozenges (chemo particularly the A/C combo I had at the start - is known to cause mouth and throat sores. Be sure they are SUGARLESS - sugar can acerbate the sores);
- Nuts and dried fruit (cause Liz is my wife);
- Kettle chips (I craved salt during my chemo);
- Various snacks for Liz (very important);
- Trader Joe's Nut and Dark Chocolate bar - OK maybe more than one of these for when my blood sugar ran low or when I didn't crave salt - don't judge, whatever;
- Lip moisturizer;
- Hand moisturizer;
- $20 (for emergencies such as parking, an extra Trader Joe's Nut and Dark Chocolate bar, etc.).