Post 20: SUMMER KAMP!
A very quick little post, but which can be very useful for planning your summer: brief, but effective ;)!
Mister K unfortunately it can be all year round, including during your usual program of relaxing on the beach, running behind the cows in the pure mountain air ( excellent for reboosting blood cells by the way ), contemplating the greenery country style, or even visiting the castles of the Loire in August... As there was no question of undermining my summer habits, I had found the solution!
Transfer your chemos to your luggage! And yes it is possible!!!
>> the same for radiotherapy: Mom had done all her rays in a hospital that smelled of lavender (validated by her onco of course, because for the rays the hospital really needs to be perfectly equipped, unlike chemo where it you just need to use the same dosages as what is written on the prescription ;))
All you have to do is ask your oncologist for permission to have your “medical” file transferred to a colleague and all your essential equipment in your “oncology summer camp” ( well, I still think that the simplest thing is to stay in France ;) )
2 years in a row the adorable Dr. L, my favorite oncologist, took these steps, sent all my “protocol” to his colleague in the Var and the Summer session could “operate” ;)
Armed with my usual paraphernalia, each week of these 2 consecutive months of August, my usually “Parisian” treatments took on a southern accent, and the wonderful fairy good nurses gave me Mister Freeze every quarter of an hour. , like in Paris, nothing had changed, except that chemo on “vacation” has a certain flavor, the illusion of freedom, and reminding this damn Mister K that he will not (completely) disrupt your life !!
> I had also organized all the care for the days after chemo at home, with local service providers (see my post 4: Day D & After Chemo)
>> and even if the onco center is far from your Eldorado! no excuse even on vacation, medical taxis work ;)
So don't forget your 75,000 must-haves , protective t-shirts, hyper-blackout sun creams, your favorite sandals, your anti-UV silicon varnish, and uh... everything else, I advise you to go by truck ;)
Even if it requires a big organization, Mister K must in no case spoil your vacation habits (no pasaran), don't forget, a change of scenery is very important to recharge your batteries :)
SHORT RECAP OF THE ESSENTIAL PACKING LIST:
- the Nail Polish Kit to always have on your hands & feet, especially in direct sunlight : Evonail Treatment from Evaux Laboratories, silicon from La Roche Posay in CHOCOLATE color, Vitry silicon base, your “remover” (all available in the Feet & Hands Kit this way)
- for breast K, hyper-protective anti-UV T-shirts (it's not great but essential, tell yourself that you have the look of Australian surfers, very classy ;)!!! )
- a mister if a heatwave is coming
- a superb hat or panama hat
- your collection of multicolored scarves
>>> to find a good acupuncturist, or all the treatments alongside boosters that you usually do, ask the nurses in the onco department of your holiday center, or the pharmacist!
For holidays but valid all year round I strongly advise you to look at the site: LA VIE AUTOUR (which lists for you the associations offering supportive care near you throughout France)
Have a nice summer everyone!
Charlotte<:en> And yes, chemo can also come with you on vacation (same for radiotherapy)
Hello,A little quick post, but that can be very helpful to organize your summer: quick, but efficient ! Mister K unfortunately it can be present all year round, even during your habits of wanting to relax on the beach, run after the cows at the country side to get fresh air (excellent to strengthen the system), contemplate the greening landscapes, or even while visiting the Château de Versailles in August…. As it wasn't imaginable to change my summer program, I found the solution! Transfer my camels in my bags! And yes it 's possible!!! >> same for radiotherapy: Mum need all her X_RAYS in a hospital that smelled lavender (validated by her oncologist of course, because for radiotherapy the hospital needs to be perfectly equipped, at the opposite from chemo where it's just a question of doses that are subscribed :)) You only have to ask the authorization from your oncologist to have you medical files transferred to a colleague and all the materials that is needed for your “ summer camp of oncology ” (well still I think that the easiest is to stay in France ) 2 Years in a row the adorable DR L, my favorite oncologist needs all this paperwork for me, send out all “the protocol” to a colleague in the south of the France and The Summer session could “ start ”
Armed with my usual materials, every week of these 2 months of August, my usual “Parisian” treatment took the accent of the South of France, and the marvelous nurses, would help me to put Mister Freeze every 15 minutes, just like in Paris , nothing had changed, even though chemo in “holidays” is very tasteful, the illusion of freedom, and to remind to this Mister K, that he will not be able to change “completely” your life!!
> I had also organized at home all the treatments post chemo, with the local nurses (see my post 4: Day D & After Chemo)>> and even if the treatment center is far from your heaven! no excuses even in holidays, the medicalized taxis work So do n't forget your 75,000 musts, protective t shirts, sunscreen, your favorite sandals, your nailpolish anti UV with Silicium, and … all the rest, I would recommend to leave with a truck Even though it requires a big organization, Mister K cannot ruin your holiday habits, don't forget, to change air is very important to recharge your battery. LITTLE SUMMARY OF THE ESSENTIALS TO PACK:
- scars : it has to be 100% hidden, because a scar exposed becomes pink and then you can see it even more, use this the opaque sensitive zone cream 50 Avène
- The Kit of nail polish to have on your fingers and feet especially when exposed to the sun:Evonail Care from Laboratoires Evaux , silicon from La Roche Posay in CHOCOLATE color , Vitry silicon base , Nail Care “remover” from Vitry- for the K of breast, the anti UV t-shirt are very protective (it's not super beautiful but an essential, tell yourself that you have the look of the Australian surfers, very hype!!!) - an atomizer, if a heatwave is announced - a beautiful wide-brimmed hat or a panama - your collection of multi-co scarves >>> to find a good acupuncturist, or all the other boosting treatments that you do next to your principle treatment, ask the nurses in oncology of your holiday center, or at the local pharmacist! For the holidays but also for the whole year, I recommend to look at this amazing website : LA VIE AUTOUR (that shows all the organizations offering support treatments next to your home everywhere in France)
Have a nice day!