(Closed) Get well/cancer gift basket ideas for FIL

posted 5 years ago in Relationships
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@tmsing:  That sounds great so far! Thinking lots of healing thoughts to your FIL!

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

This is going to sound odd, but do you cook?  My mom has always made lasagna or baked ziti or something easy to reheat, packaged it in single portion sizes and froze them.  She dropped them off with reheating instructions, both microwave and oven.  The caretaker (presumably your MIL) doesn’t often have the time or energy to cook a meal, so this takes some of the stress off.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I sent similar items as these to my mom living in another state. Any type of food that is easier for him to eat right now is also good (my mom is at the “treat food like medicine” stage because she doesn’t have an appetite but needs to get her weight up. Chocolate without any harder fillings is easier for her and has high calories.)

I also sent her some humorous books with cancer tips since laughing is always good medicine. If he is receiving chemo or radiation, it will make his skin quite sensitive, so specialty skin care for cancer patients (soap, lotion, etc.) could also be really helpful.

The last care package I sent was from the Pampered Patient, and they have a lot of great care package ideas on there, even if you don’t buy from them.

ETA: some of the books I sent were “Cancer Made Me a Shallower Person: A Memoir in Comics” and “Crazy, Sexy Cancer Tips.” Lindi is the name of the skin care line I’ve sent that’s good for radiation and chemo patients (my mom had had both).

I also sent a flash drive with a book on tape (Tina Fey’s Bossy Pants) and music to listen to during chemo. You can wear headphones during chemo and the nurses will generally let you play your iPod over speakers they have during radiation, depending on the hospital. I put a book to help my dad cope in the care package as well…don’t forget about your Mother-In-Law if your Father-In-Law is married! She will be struggling, too.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

That has to be so hard for him.  If you can find out his favorite non-perishable snacks, that might be nice to send.  From my experiences with family members with cancer, they lose weight because of nausea, and also because they sometimes just don’t have the energy to get up and bother to eat.  Which drains their energy more, and it’s a nasty cycle.  So easy snacks might be a good option.  I think the music is a great idea too!  And books if he likes reading.

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