Orange slices for chemo

This deserves its own quick post. Here’s a tip for chemotherapy: It can be a nerve racking process, so if you need an outlet for your energy may I kindly suggest orange slices?


The idea was developed by my scientist husband in our kitchen lab while I was going through my vomiting spree. I couldn’t drink my Avemar without throwing it all back up; the taste becomes quite unpleasant (terrible) after hard core chemo.  BUT it’s been shown to help, so what’s to be done?

Zsolt’s answer: Slice oranges.

After drinking the Avemar I immediately bite into an orange (think tequilla shot but orange instead of lemon) and gargle/spit the juice. This really helps with the aftertaste.

Also, the chemo was causing me to have superhuman smelling power – making trips to the hospital really difficult. How to cope: open that bag of oranges and start chewing. So what if the juice runs down my chin? So what if I smile at everyone with the peel in my mouth?

So what?

They probably call me the Orange Girl, because whenever it’s blood or chemo time I’m always in the waiting room chewing on the orange slices – I see them staring! And oranges smell too, only good. Citrusy. Hopefully I’m not making anyone nauseas.

Therefore, I’d like to award a gold star to Zsolt for his ingenious solution to my problem. Orange slices. Give them a try. (Bring tissues for the juice!)

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2 thoughts on “Orange slices for chemo

  1. Hi Catherine,

    I do like your picture. When I meditate, yellow and orange often show up together, and they represent intelligence and comfort… hum, kinda like Zsolt.

    The picture also represents you and Zsolt complementing each other… Zolt with his gold star that you gave to him, and you with your orange slices which Zolt gave to you. Even better is to see that the orange has soft brush strokes of yellow, the the yellow has soft brush strokes of orange… you and Zsolt together.

    Yup, I like this picture.

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