Caat55 wrote:...The nurse who did my chemo teaching gave me a pamphlet and Folic acid was contraindicated. I will check to see what else is mentioned. 1cup water, salt and baking soda gargle for mouth sores twice a day.
You mentioned earlier that you had a pamphlet from the chemo nurse that gave some tips to consider.
I was wondering how extensive the information was, and whether it covered any hints on how to prevent or delay the onset of various common side effects.
For example, did the pamphlet say anything about hand and foot hygiene (importance of manicure, pedicure)? Did it say anything about oral hygiene measures to prevent mouth sores? Did it give any instruction on handling hair and nail problems? Any lotions or creams to recommend; any to avoid? Any specific eyedrops or nose drops to recommend? Any hints on bathing or showering (e.g., sitz baths; hot vs cold showers, etc.), or on how often to shampoo hair? Any hints on best kinds of clothes to wear to avoid problems? Any hints on how to minimize risk of infection? Any instructions on when or if to have vaccinations (flu, etc.). Any instructions on how to handle peripheral neuropathy? Any instructions on ways to achieve good electrolyte balance? Any instructions on household cleanliness (e.g., changing sheets and pillowcases often; changing towels and washcloths often)?
When I went through treatment, there were no written instructions of any kind from the hospital, but I notice that some members here have been given pamphlets or information sheets by their doctors. I was wondering how common it is for patients to be given written instructions or fact sheets, because this could turn out to be quite useful.
NOTE: Since I didn't get any fact sheets or leaflets from the hospital, I bought a 2009 book on chemotherapy survival, which I found useful at the time. But it was very general, and did not address all of my concerns related to the type of treatment that I had been given:"Chemotherapy Survivor Guide: Everything You Need to Know to Get through Treatment ", by J. McKay and T. Schacher, (2009)