This post may contain affiliate links.
August 26th, 2021 – Post #12
Erica called me this morning saying, “Mom said she has a list of questions for her oncologist”. The most pertinent being, “Do ALL flowers and plants have spores in them?”
Why Can’t I Give a Cancer Patient Flowers?
She’s been told that she can’t have houseplants or flowers around, lest she get a fungal lung infection from the spores they produce. She’s not too happy about that.
It’s been hard enough to coax her out of her collection of throw rugs this year (after two falls) – plants and flowers are even higher on her priority list, so we aren’t sure how well she’ll follow the doctor’s orders on this, but thought we’d put out the word that it would be best not to send flowers from this point forward.
Poem for What Not to Get a Cancer Patient as a Gift
We weren’t sure how to say that, but here goes:
It came to my attention
That perhaps we ought to mention
Once my mom starts her chemo
Plants and flowers are a no-no
For when they are among us
Their spores can create a fungus
Though she dearly loves fresh blooms
She’s to banish them from all rooms
I hate to be the bad guy
But it’s better than the “fungi”
Thanks for flowers already brought
In the future just send the thought
Thank you 😊
*To read more on my mom’s cancer journey from the beginning, or share it, please click below: