About a year ago in preparation for beginning chemotherapy, my wife and I attended a Chemotherapy 101 class at our oncologist’s office. I’ve shared bits and pieces from that class over the past year. The following point made by the chemo nurse in that class has stuck with me throughout the year …
The #1 problem encountered by cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy is not taking in enough daily fluids (recommended 48 -64 ounces a day).
I understand she was trying to make an important point, but after a year I would say the #1 problem would be not hydration but coping with the side effects of the chemotherapy itself. But I will also admit that staying well hydrated has indeed made coping with the side effects of chemotherapy more bearable.
But even though 48-64 ounces doesn’t sound like much, drinking that much can prove challenging. While receiving oxoliplatin during the first ten treatments (I’m in the midst of #22 as I write this – #12 without oxoliplatin), I lost all desire to drink which really made it a challenge. Fortunately, once we got off that bad boy … that ceased to be a problem.
In the midst of my attempts to stay adequately hydrated during chemo, I drank a lot of pre-bottled water, green tea, Fuze, Sobe Lifewater, etc. But recently at Target I came across this 18oz Aladdin Water Vessel for just under $10 …
As you can see, it conveniently comes apart into three pieces. The bottle is double walled and I have found it will keep a drink cool for two to three hours. While they are advertised as sweat proof, I must admit there are times it does perspire. Unscrew the dome lid and you can easily insert ice cubes in the bottle … sometimes I fill it up from the water fountain at work for the commute home.
Aladdin claims they are dishwasher safe but we don’t use a dishwasher so I can’t vouch for that. They are also advertised as leak-proof which I can vouch for after 4 weeks of using. Of course, I keep it in an upright position and I don’t fill above the seam where the dome lid connects to the bottle.
I have found that the drink spout is much larger than what you encounter with the typical store bought 16 oz water bottle … which means you get bigger gulps of water with each sip. Also, I’ve cut back considerably on my plastic water bottle usage (and the associated recycling). And to top it off I’m drinking more water …
Just thought I would pass this lil tidbit on … have any hydration pointers you’d be willing to share?