Tough times are amongst us at the moment, and it has had detrimental affects on individuals.
However as much as were all fed up of hearing the news, or speaking about it, it is another thing undergoing treatment during this pandemic.
Tips from the hospital-
- Talk to the Therapy Radiographers, they are there to help.
- Counsellors, there are counsellors available in the hospital, unbiased and confidential. You may find it easier to talk to a mutual person.
- Review Radiographers if you are struggling with side effects, they can prescribe medication, as well as financial advice if you have been furloughed, they can look at grants which are available.
- Talking to your chemotherapy nurse, with all health professionals you will be seeing them often, and talking to them can really help if you are feeling lonely or need help during your treatment.
- Your local GP, or nurse can help with having known your previous medical history too.
- If you are struggling to bring yourself in- there are transport facilities available.
During the pandemic, is has been clear individuals have been struggling with the lack of contact.
You are not alone, make use of the professional advice that is there in the hospital.
Health professionals will ring you for support, advice on side effects and any follow up concerns.
We have found family members taking it in turns to bring there family members within the hospital, whether its waiting out in the car whilst they have their treatment or coming back for them.
Tips outside of the hospital-
- If you can, ensure you go outside for some fresh air, i.e. such gardening or just sitting and taking all the sights and sounds in.
- Talk to your family members, and communicate how you feel.
- Talk to your neighbours, and communicate if you are finding it difficult, they may be able to help.
- Play board games, Skype or Zoom,
- Try cooking, reading a new book, or gardening.
- Listen to music.
- Take a bath or shower.
- Have a nice relaxing cup of tea.
- Read a magazine.
- Take your pet out for a walk.