To give you an idea, during chemo you are very fortunate if you are receiving your medications in an area that can be closed off and kept quiet. I know that when I get the opportunity to have a bed and a door I am much more relaxed. It is really stressful to hear all the beeping IV alarms and nursing call buttons, other people's TVs and music and conversations and people going up and down the halls.
When the room is quiet, it makes an amazing difference and is very calming. If the environment could be even more improved to offer music, it could help alleviate bad side effects and distract someone from anticipation of side effects as well. (I have an Ipod given to me by my brother, but I forget to bring it sometimes.)
I can also say though for me that 90% of the time I'm sleeping through the bulk of chemotherapy, even if I have not been given benadryl. I am so chronically tired that when I can sleep in a comfy bed and not have to worry about anything because the nurses are right there, I can relax too. I slept 15 hours or so on Sunday again, slept til 1:00 pm today.
I remember when mom was going to dialysis and I just felt terrible for her and the other patients. The dialysis machines sound like slot machines. No joke, not at all. The volume cannot be turned down. Each person on dialysis cannot move their arm during the transfusion. Slight changes in movement or flow or anything cause the machine to sound an alarm, and they sound off constantly.
I am so glad she isn't needing that right now.
Anyway, I digress. I wanted to share this interesting pilot study with you because maybe you can find a way to incorporate music into your life in a therapeutic way if you are receiving chemotherapy or have any major stress in your life.
Published on February 19, 2013 at 9:20 PM