My mom is set to start her chemo on Monday and it’s getting real and scary.
I plan to be her caregiver. I am still breastfeeding my 1 year old—is it still safe for me to be her caregiver? Specifically can I drive her to/from appts, sit with her in the actual infusion room for all 4 hours each time? (We don’t live in the same house so toilets, utensils, laundry shouldn’t be an issue.)
Secondly and somewhat related—my 1 year old is due for her vaccines soon and two of them are live—MMR and Varicella. According to guidelines I’m finding online, it is still safe for an immunocomprised person to be in contact with a person receiving these vaccines (unless they had a stem cell transplant) but I’m curious if anyone has personal experience in this area?
Lastly, what about being around young children in general? I’m reading chemo stays in your system for 48 hours—if my mom has chemo on Monday and gets unhooked on Wednesday, does that mean she should stay away from the kids until Friday?
Last edited by Punky44
on Fri Nov 02, 2018 3:22 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Caregiver to my amazing mom (68)
10/1/18 DX with rectal cancer; CEA 17 at diagnosis
MRI/CT/PET puts staging at T3N2M0
Trying total neoadjuvant therapy—chemo first, then short course radiation, then surgery
Completed 8 rounds of neoadjuvant Folfox 11/5/18 - 2/11/19
Current CEA 6.2
Me: 34, first colonoscopy 11/16/18—normal! Come back in 5 years.