(Closed) A good gift/thing for someone in radiation treatments?

posted 6 years ago in Family
Post # 3
12973 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’d honestly ask her what you can do to help.  Offer to spend the night with her after treatment days, cook meals that can be frozen and easily reheated, etc.  My uncle went through really intense chemo/radiation, and it was awful.  But the last thing he wanted was food, and flowers couldn’t be in the room because of germs, etc. 

Best wishes for a quick recovery for your FMIL!

Post # 4
8424 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

What about books? She will prob spend a lot of time resting….. I like your idea of the heating pad too…. Maybe a gift bag with the heating pad a few books maybe inspirational type books to lift her spirits. Maybe a nice gift set with soothing bath salts or candles!

Post # 6
4194 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

Can you help with things around the house- like grocery shopping, cleaning, or laundry? 

Unless she has a cleaning service, these can easily get pushed to the bottom of the to-do list. I know whenever I’m home sick, I always appreciate it if the house is clean. Doggy care is also a great idea.

Post # 7
453 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

See if there is a spa/salon that caters to cancer patients so that she can be pampered!  You have to be careful with pressure and cleanliness so its impossible to just walkin to a salon.  There is a place near where I work that I send my patients called Faye’s Light that provides free services to patients currently undergoing treatments.  http://www.fayeslight.org/ but I’m sure there is something, even if it isn’t free that knows how to pamper her.  Or even maybe their website will give you ideas.  Good luck, and I’ll keep her in my prayers!

Post # 8
5096 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I just want to say how awesome it is that you want to do this. She’s lucky to have you as a DIL.

Post # 9
159 posts
Blushing bee

Cleaning house – doing dishes, laundry, making lots of small freezer meals for her to heat up when shes ready to eat (which might be at weird hours!) running errands, walking the pets – even asking if she would just like to go for a ride on a nice day where she can kick back in the seat with the window down; and be prepared to do it on her time schedule, on how she feels.

Honestly? Shes basically going to feel like shit and will not want to do anything but the most simplest basics…I would know.

Also, Radiation dries out the body big time – get the real good creamy non scented lotion as gift, in the largest size possible – she’ll go through it fast…and maybe a refillable cup w/lid with a funny saying on it, rather then those damn reminder hospital cups they send you home with. She’ll appreciate bottled water also by the case – tap water can have some nasties for her immune system if the kitchen sink isnt cleaned daily. 

Also, heres a link to the free “Look Good feel better program” run by the American Cancer Society – http://www.cancer.org/Treatment/SupportProgramsServices/look-good-feel-better   they give a “makeover” giving out free new makeup, face wash (like clinque stuff! yay!) and answer lots of questions about beauty while recovering – you could go with her when shes ready to make an appt! Its fun too; you dont feel like an oddball because they already know whats what..(I wouldnt  try to go to a regular  storecounter, it is just a reminder of how much her world has changed and then she has to do the long spiel of what happened etc… it gets old fast and then you really dont know how clean their brushes are etc. )

Best healing wishes to your FMIL!





Post # 10
159 posts
Blushing bee

Oh, and I agree with Mightywombat – you rock you wonderful DIL you!

Post # 12
7609 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

You could see if you can buy her a monthly/weekly parking pass to the hospital – that shiznat gets expensive when you have to go every day/every other.  🙂

Post # 14
999 posts
Busy bee

Definitely books for her to read. I spent so much time reading since I been in and out of the hospital. Maybe some gift cards to restaurants so she doesn’t have to cook.

Post # 15
1011 posts
Bumble bee

I just had a bilateral mastectomy and reconstructive surgery.  While flowers are pretty, they might not be a good idea as she may develope a sensitivity to the pollen.  Plus, throwing out rotting flowers is a real chore.  If she’s a chcolate lover, a box of chocolate would be great.  The things I loved the most were the six-pack of gelato sent to me by my college roommate and the cheesecake sampler & chocolate covered strawberries from DH’s co-workers.  Another friend brought a tervis tumbler.

She may not feel so good or be able to concentrate after the treatments.  You might consider an ipod or books on tape/cd.  She may not feel like eating, but the treats are always nice.  I don’t like melon, but edible arrangments are also very good.

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