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Does anyone here know how to handle chemo side effects as a care giver ?

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Not to get gross, but on a more practical note- lots of trash cans for throwing up in many different rooms because you never know when it will strike. Try to keep getting different anti nausea meds from the doctor until you find one that works at all. Plan on the person being very tired and cold. Let them rest and don't push them too hard. Experiment with different foods to try to find something that they can keep down. Do your best to avoid sugar because that feeds cancer cells. No matter how impossible it is, kick your self care into high gear. You'll only be able to take care of them if they have you and you need to watch out for yourself now too. Try to get a family member, friend, or neighbor to relieve you every now and then so you can get a break even if it is just for a walk. Sending you strength.

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I'm so sorry that someone you know is going through chemo. Sending good vibes, OP.

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With dignity. Best thing I ever did for my Dad.

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Ginger can help a lot. Been there as both patient and caregiver. Even with the worst chemo, there should be a drug from the 5HT class (Zofran, Kytril, things that have "tron" in the generic name) that works 95% of the time. Be really communicative with the chemo nurses with what works and what doesn't. The other 5% of the time, Ativan or something similar to just knock you out until it passes. Food wise, diet lemonade is magic because it makes your mouth feel better/refreshed. Now, advice to you as a caregiver: make sure you have respite carers or time away or whatever so you can keep doing things that rest and renew *you* for the journey ahead. No matter what happens, you need to be in okay shape physically and emotionally, and taking care of someone with a serious illness is like taking up smoking and heavy drinking in terms of health impact.

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OP- went through it with my mom. Feel free to email me at obags2016@gmail.com if you want to discuss. So sorry that you are going through this. Cancer care givers go through so much that is so hard. You'll get through this. I promise.

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Acupuncture, ginger, peppermint tea. Let them know there's nothing they could do to offend you, embarrass you, or gross you out (even if it does). This will be hard for you and for them, don't make them feel like it is. Humor is a hell of a drug, keep their spirits high

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Oh yeah, acupuncture for the nausea is supposed to be very effective and is usually covered by insurance.

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As a former patient the biggest things are, just being there and getting them whatever food they ask for. They're body will tell them what they need/want.

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Guys thank you for all your replies .dads not been eating for a couple days now cause of nausea n general ill health

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Stay strong op. Also try humor. My aunt had cancer, my parents were taking care of her, and she was angry at the world for a while. Try to keep their spirits up.

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Very true. Let them watch whatever they want on TV and sit there with them.

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