You will likely feel tired after a few days. If so:
- Do not try to do too much in a day. You probably will not be able to do everything you are used to doing.
- Try to get more sleep at night. Rest during the day when you can.
- Take a few weeks off work, or work less.
You need to eat enough protein and calories to keep your weight up.
To make eating easier:
- Choose foods that you like.
- Try foods with gravy, broths, or sauces. They will be easier to chew and swallow.
- Eat small meals and eat more often during the day.
- Cut your food into small pieces.
- Ask your doctor or dentist if artificial saliva might help you.
Drink at least 8 to 12 cups of liquid each day, not including coffee or tea, or other drinks that have caffeine in them.
Do not drink alcohol. Do not eat spicy foods, acidic foods, or foods that are very hot or cold. These will bother your throat.
If pills are hard to swallow, try crushing them and mixing them with ice cream or other soft food. Ask your doctor or pharmacist before crushing your medicines. Some medicines do not work when crushed.
Watch out for these signs of edema (swelling) in your arm.
- You have a feeling of tightness in your arm.
- Rings on your fingers get tighter.
- Your arm feels weak.
- You have pain, aching, or heaviness in your arm.
- Your arm is red, swollen, or there are signs of infection.
Ask your doctor or nurse about exercises you can do to keep your arm moving freely.