I know that there are a lot of you that want to help, and I’ve got just the thing for you!! Aside from the fact that I don’t want to give all my money to Amazon, I actually enjoy seeing friends and hanging out a bit!! Here’s a list of things will be needing throughout this adventure.
Errands Service – Local peeps, I’d love to be able to have you pick up a few things during your regular Target/Costco runs. The usual stuff – paper towels, toilet paper, laundry supplies. I have a few brands I like. I’m happy to pay for my stuff. I just can’t go out and get it for a while.
Meals – Again for local peeps, it will be really nice to have company and dinner for an evening every now and again. I’m eating kind of bland, high protein, low carb/low sugar meals. Don’t let that daunt you – that means I’m eating simple Chinese food like chow mein, eggs, pork chops, fried chicken, cheese, green veggies, salads, etc. All it really means is that I’m not eating chips or other junk food. If you’ve got a chicken skillet recipe that you just love, bring it on over! My aunt has offered to organize a schedule for me, so if you’re interested in doing this, let me know and I’ll put you in contact with her. She’s FABULOUS!!
Grocery Runs – Every couple of weeks I will be able to go out a little bit as long as I’m masked up and slathered in hand sanitizer. My biggest concern are those fuzzy headed days when I don’t really want to be driving. What worked with my sister here was having a list, each of us grabbing a basket and getting what was on the list and getting back out again with surgical precision. If you’re local and up for that, let me know!
Target bags – Even before cancer I used standard Target bags to line my trash cans. While I’m on chemo, pretty much everything I touch becomes toxic waste. So… while my immune system is down for the count, I’ll need others to help save some bags for me. Thankfully, they don’t weigh anything and are easily shipped. This way, I can pull the whole bag out of the basket and put it in the bigger bag that goes out every other week, and I don’t have to worry about me (or anyone else) touching those toxic tissues.
Disposable Rubber Gloves – I’m usually not a dainty flower who can’t do a sink full of dishes without worrying about my nails. Chemo does change that a bit. Lucky for all of us, Playtex sells 10 packs of disposable nitrile gloves, one size fits all. For taking out trash or doing some dishes, they’re the bomb, lightweight and not horribly expensive.
Good Hand Lotion – I used to carry a bottle of hand sanitizer in my truck and in my backpack for traveling. Now I carry it with me everywhere. That stuff will do a number on your skin, so I need a few little bottles of good hand cream around. Brands like Nivea, Eucerin, CeraVe are all good. Send me your fave and I’ll give it a shot.