Sunday, August 1, 2010

I need help!

This is my dad and me a year ago I'm looking so lovely! LOL!!!

My dad has been having to have transfusions for the last couple years for a blood cancer he has. He is not lasting from transfusion to transfusion any more and has started getting chemo this past week. He is amazing I love him. He is the kindest person and even though he has been so sick he has spent his time making things and giving them to people to help them have a better day. 

Any way I am wanting to make him a bag and put some things in it for him to do while he spends hours and hours at the hospital doing his transfusions and chemo. I am just hoping that someone will have some ideas of things I could put in the bag for him. I am wanting to make him time there go by faster with some things to do. He does bring books with him and reads a lot so I was trying to think of other things I would appreciate any ideas my mind is just drawing a blank.

17 comments:

Tomingo said...

Sorry to hear about your dad...however maybe you can put in some crossword puzzles...hope that helps.

staci @ lizard n ladybug said...

so sorry to hear about your dad..my mom went through chemo last year. I was going to suggest crossword puzzles too.
If possible..maybe family and friends could write letters to him and he could respond while he's having treatment. Just a thought :)

Heather said...

Michelle I accidentally rejected this and couldn't get it back but I could copy the comment...

I know when i have been recovering or when other f... I know when i have been recovering or when other family members have been in the hospital doing the same, sometimes its nice to not have to use you're brain too much, which is why we like pictures & music so much. I can name off several family (including myself) members who we would bring a cassette, cd or mp3 player to have with them.I mean depending how much energy or interest a person has to give, crosswords, siduko ect, only keep you busy for so long. Also, we like to bring pictures to look over, so maybe a group of favorites printed out he could look over, n think or talk about, or a digital picture frame if he has a room might be very brightening. :) Wish you all well.

Thank you so much michelle I would love to send you an email if you leave another comment. I'm really sorry!

NancyC said...

I am sorry your dad is having to go through all he has...he sounds like such a thoughtful person. I think crossword puzzles are a great idea. I like the letters idea, too. In addition to letters from others, maybe you could tuck in little notes to him--encouraging words and/or things that you appreciate about him. Your kids could draw pictures and/or write notes or make cards for him, too. And you could include some blank note cards with envelopes and a few pens so he could answer those notes and letters.

Praying for your dad and your family as you are going through this.

Ali said...

Sudoku? My inlaws love that game...

Nichole said...

so sorry to hear about your dad..I lost my dad when I was only 20 and its so hard to not have that man in your life :(

What about making a little scrapbook of family photos...I bet he would love to look thru old and new pictures and see happy times! Crossword puzzles, magazines, word searches?!?! good luck!!!

Shell said...

I love my ipod & Nintendo DS. I also have a pda thingie that I can watch movies or listen to books on. Maybe you can record messages for your dad in between whatever you put on the mp3 player or whatever. Also a mini dvd player is nice to have.

Jodi said...

My step-Dad has a pre-leukemia and we know the transfusion routing all too well. My prayers are with you and your Dad! How about an ipod shuffle (the cheap one) and load it with podcasts on topics he enjoys? they are free to download and then he doesn't have to sit there and listen to all the ladies in the chemo room tell their horror stories (that's my dad's account of how it goes). he can doze off if he wants...doesn't even need to keep his eyes open..just relax and listen.

Anonymous said...

I have made several "chemo bags". I like to put in a notepad and pen, crossword puzzles or Sudoku, word finder, etc., I also put in a roll of quarters (for vending machines), hard candy and/or breath mints, hand sanitizer, and Colgate Whisps or similar product. If the person has a favorite hobby or interest, I try to find a magazine in that area. I also include a small package of kleenex and a portable/travel size wipes package. I also try to include some type of protein bar, granola bar, etc. If the person still has their appetite, you can always include a special snack or treat.

Noreen said...

Sorry to hear about your Dad. If he is feeling well enough to write, maybe you could give him a notebook and package of pens and asked him to write some of his memories. You could give him a list of ideas to think about, such as: where was the first place you remember living, how was Christmas celebrated when you were a kid, what was your first job, tell me about Grandma and Grandpa, what did you do with your siblings when you were growing up (if he had siblings). Not only would it give him a chance to remember some happy times, it would become a history that you will love having.

JLMattson said...

I went through chemo last year and my favorite gifts were: netflix gift subscription while I rested and got better I would watch movies...I had memory issues so reading was HARD for me then. blanket (you get cold at chemo), favorite snacks or candy (helps ward off nausa) and fun water bottles (since you have to drink so much). Good luck to your dad!

JLMattson said...

I went through chemo last year and my favorites were 1) netfix gift subscripton so I could rest at home (my memory was badly affected so reading was out for me) 2) favorite candies or snacks to ward off nausa
3) blankets since you get soooo cold in there
4) new fun water bottles, since you have to remember to drink so much more than usual
5) downloaded books on IPOD so I didn't have to read...I could nod off if needed (love to read, but couldn't). Good luck to your dad and prayers are with you.

Michelle said...

Heather, its ok, i know how that goes accidentally deleting something you need, lol. if only control-z worked on everything in life :) I;m not sure if you can get my email from me posting from my google account, but if you can't, just post a reply saying so & i'll email you :)

Heather said...

Sorry Michelle I can't get your e-mail. Thank you so much for commenting back.

Marsha@kandidkeepsakes said...

I know this will sound a bit silly but when I was having dialysis for four hours at a stint three times a week, I enjoyed coloring. It was relaxing, mindless and creative all at the same time! Maybe you could find some of his favorite photos, print them in the "coloring book" setting. You could include pages of things he enjoys as well. Maybe it's sunsets, fish, whatever. And you could combine the idea of a memory album with a coloring book! I would have loved that. I would even go as far as putting the notes in that everyone else suggested too! I'll be praying for you both!

Mrs.B said...

Music~my Papa wanted music.

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

Sorry to hear about your dad's sickness. My dad passed away of cancer my last year in college:( He hated Chemo and it hated him too! I hope you dad has a better experience and reaction to chemo than my dad did.

Anyway, a talk tape/book on tape/CD are great not only at the hospital, but also when he is home and laying in bed feeling sick. If you can find some from the library that your dad really likes, then you can check them out free.

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