Create a Comfortable Space After Chemo

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You need to be gentle with yourself after chemotherapy, so set up a tranquil, welcoming space ahead of time to help you relax and recover. You're going to be tired. Have lots of pillows, your favorite bedding, and cozy blankets on hand.

Chemo can dehydrate you, so keep water near you and drink a little bit at a time. Also, a room humidifier will help keep your skin and lips from drying out.

Make sure your laptop, tablet, and phone-- and chargers-- are close by, so you can communicate with friends and family. Make sure you have someone who can help with meals or simple household chores.

In the days after chemo, toxic drugs will leave your body in sweat, urine, and vomit. Your caregiver will need gloves to handle dirty laundry, and they will need to wash their hands often or use hand sanitizer to protect you both.

You may not be hungry, and you may have an upset stomach, but stock up on simple snacks, like fresh fruit, yogurt, or gelatin. And if you feel like a little chocolate, go ahead. You deserve it.

You may want to just escape for a while, too, so keep a TV, books, and magazines in your room.

Finally, you may have a tendency to forget things after chemo, so keep a notepad close by to write down questions for your loved ones or doctors, so you don't have to remember to do anything but feel better.