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Our Kits!

Here at Lacuna Loft, we have a variety of products available to you in our online shop.  Everything from accessories to cancer care kits.  We thought we’d take the time today to explain some of the thought that went behind all of the great things found inside of each kit!

The Chemo Start Up Kit:

The chemo start up kit contains everything that I (Mallory) found really helpful during chemo.  My mother in law spent hours combing the interwebs (that is what my husband and I jokingly call the internet haha) looking for items that I might find useful during the months when I was undergoing chemo treatments.  She was shocked to find that there wasn’t a one stop place to find everything!  She had to look all over the place and then run around town buying all of the items.  Here is what you can find in your Chemo Start Up Kit and why each item is nice to have around during chemo:

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[list_item]Queasy Pops® – These fun suckers help sooth a queasy stomach…plus if you have a funny taste in your mouth that just won’t leave, they help fix that too![/list_item]
[list_item]Gatorade® mix – I found it hard staying hydrated during chemo…but also felt awful whenever I became dehydrated.  Gatorade mix helped that enormously![/list_item]
[list_item]Biotene® Dry Mouth Toothpaste – Immediately after my first round of chemo, normal toothpaste made my mouth feel like it was on fire.  This dry mouth toothpaste was so much gentler.[/list_item]
[list_item]ChapStick® – My lips and mouth were always tender after a round of chemo…and for the next few days usually.  Having chapstick on hand was really helpful in relieving some of that discomfort.[/list_item]
[list_item]to-go Purell® Instant Hand Sanitizer pumps – Hand sanitizer was always in our house for visiting guests and for use around town.  I think it made my husband feel better that at least everyone’s hands could always be clean when I was more susceptible to bugs.[/list_item]
[list_item]Easy Origami book and origami paper – I found it very difficult to read during chemo even though reading had been one of my favorite, calm hobbies.  Small, relatively uncomplicated activities like coloring and origami because my favorite chemo activities.[/list_item]
[list_item]puzzle books – Another great thing for chemo![/list_item]
[list_item]high grade plastic silverware – Chemo often leaves a metallic taste in your mouth.  I found that eating with plastic silverware greatly reduced this annoying flavor.[/list_item]
[list_item]Aveeno® Moisturizing Bar – My normally dry skin became even more temperamental during chemo treatments.  Using this soap helped sooth irritation and the scent was always agreeable.[/list_item]

The Cozy Comfort Kit:

I found chemo treatments to be a long and uncomfortable time.  I was often in the hospital all day, chemo lasted as many as 8 hours, and the chemo room was always cold….let’s not even talk about the infusions of chemo drugs and the nausea.  Over the course of my first few treatments I started figuring out what items made the chemo day (and my time at home in between) just that much more comfortable 🙂  Here is what you can find in your Cozy Comfort Kit and why each item is nice to have around during chemo:

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[list_item]cozy, no slip slipper socks – I always liked taking my shoes off during chemo.  I often curled up under a blanket or two during my hours spent in the chemo room and it was nice to have some cozy socks to put on once my shoes came off.  I wore/wear socks like this around my house too![/list_item]
[list_item]handmade infinity scarf – The room where I received chemo treatments was always a little cold.  That summer I usually found my house to be cold, along with most airconditioned public places.  Having a scarf on hand was always helpful.  Infinity scarves were my favorite.  There was never an end to accidentally unwrap itself and fall somewhere it should not be, and the scarf could alternatively be wrapped around my head![/list_item]
[list_item]Aveeno® Moisturizing Bar – This was the perfect soap for me during chemo.  Its scent wasn’t too strong and it didn’t irritate my skin either.[/list_item]
[list_item]puzzle book – Puzzle books were some of my favorite items to have on hand during chemo.  I could work on them despite the coming and going of lots of people around me.  I also used them a lot at home when I had had my fair share of movies or tv for the day.[/list_item]

So, what do you think?  Are there any other items that you liked to have around during chemo treatments?  Would you buy a cancer care kit for a friend?