Hi. I'm new here. A dear friend of mine was diagnosed with rectal cancer in November. She took oral chemo for a few months and then when they were doing the pre-op tests before they removed the rest of the tumor, they found it had moved to her lungs. They also found that she has 4 brain annuerisms.(sp?)
She was scheduled to have a port a cathe put in last week but due to her thyroid being unstable, they postponed it because her primary did not give the "all clear" for the surgery to go ahead. Instead, they gave her her first IV chemo. The next day, she got stabbing pains in her head and needed an emergency PET scan. That was the last I heard from her. I heard from her sister today who said that she's in the hospital and will be home within a day or two and will write then (my friend lives a few hundred miles from me and we keep in touch daily through emails)
I want to send her a care package but i'm out of ideas. I've already sent small comfort things like Queasy Drops, Heat therapy packs, cucumber eye patches w/ gel, Ensure, power bars, soup...etc...just small stuff like that.
Now i'm thinking of sending her something to really help....i've read that there are lotions to help with peeling skin, special shampoo to help with hair loss and other stuff like that. But I have no idea of what to buy other than those 2 products.
Can anyone think of some soothing "must have" things to help her get through her treatments a little better? And special bath soaks, aroma therapy, special toothpastes, skin care products, foods, music, books...anything? I'm so overwhelmed and dont know where to begin. I just want to do something...anything to make her feel loved and pampered from afar. I've been sending weekly cards but am not satisfied doing just that (she would say that that was plenty). All she has close by her is her husband and he has to work daily so its very important to me to be able to send some love in the mail like this.
so any ideas would be greatly appreciated.