• 1st chemo in 2 days. Any advice?

    Asked by jojo12 on Wednesday, December 21, 2011

    1st chemo in 2 days. Any advice?

    I start chemo on December 23rd. Right before Christmas...yay me (sarcasm.) What sucks is that my treatments will be every 2 weeks, making my second cycle the day before my son's 6th birthday. Does anyone have any advice on anything I can take to help with nausea? Do they normally give you a dose of anti nausea medicine righ before giving you the chemo or is this something my doctor should have already prescribed to me? I was told to eat light the day of my chemo treatments. I do have a port put in on th left side of my chest and I'm kind of scared of using that for the first time. I was told that will save the veins on my arm. Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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    • car092360's Avatar

      Hi jojo, They should give you anti-nausea pill(s) right before your chemo. I also had a prescription for two different kinds of anti-nausea meds that I have filled prior to starting chemo (of which I only had to take one time during the 3 rounds of chemo so far). They also had me taking an antibiotic one day prior, the day of, and one day after chemo to boost white cells count and prevent infection. This also gave me energy the first two days after chemo (unfortunately only the first round of chemo)...but I think you should be okay for Christmas. Just remember LOTS AND LOTS of water to flush out the chemo as soon as possible. LOTS!!! Also remember to talk to the nurses in the chemo room about concerns you have. They have "heard it all" and are extremely helpful. My nurse said that if a chemo patient of hers gets nauseous or sick, then they aren't doing their jobs! Good luck!

      almost 5 years ago
    • Cindy's Avatar

      My doctor gave me a prescription for Emend (pills) to prevent nausea which I took one after they tested my blood to make sure my white blood cell count was good enough to have the chemo and one per day for the next 2 days after the chemo. My chemo took about 5 hours. The first hour they gave me all kinds of drugs through my port to counteract the side affects of the chemo drugs. Except for my last chemo, I did not have any nausea and never threw up when I had chemo. I mentioned feeling slightly nauseous during my last chemo and they gave me medication right away.

      almost 5 years ago
    • CarolLHRN's Avatar

      I have been fortunate that I have never experienced nausea with chemo. The doctor did give me plenty of meds just in case.

      I have a port on my right side. I absolutely love it. They quickly stick a needle into the port and that's it. It's no worse than getting blood drawn. They put a dressing over it and then you can't even feel it. The nurses have told me that they can put a numbing ointment at the port site prior to accessing it if it hurts too much. I haven't had to have this at all. You will be glad you have it. Removing the needle feels like a little pressure and that's it.

      Good luck!

      almost 5 years ago
    • jojo12's Avatar

      Thank you for all the info. I found out I will be getting anti nausea medicine from the nurse b4 chemo. I have been prescribed 3 mess to help with side effects just in case. I will know exactly what they are tomorrow when I go in for my treatment. I also got a prescription for injections to take after chemo to help with my blood white cells. I have to take one injection a day for 5 days after each treatment. Not looking forward to that part. I will post again tomorrow and let you all know how it went. Wish me luck!

      almost 5 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar

      how did it go? i hope that it went alright.

      almost 5 years ago
    • jojo12's Avatar

      Well I went in on Friday for my first round. To no one's surprise, I was the youngest one there. Made me feel like maybe this is all still a bad dream because I obviously don't belong there. Wishful thinking! The nurse was so nice and made sure I had everything I needed to be comfortable. She took my blood pressure and it was 85/53 then it went to 88. She was concerned bc it is so low. I told her low is normal for me but usually not that low. She gave me more time and checked 15 mins later, it went down to 81. At this point she went to the doctor to look over past blood pressures for me and what is considered "normal" for me. Dr said I could start chemo. The like to the port wasn't bad. The pressure hurt a bit, but thats because I'm still sort of sore. I'm doing the A/C combo drugs for the first four treatments.I didn't "feel" anything as they injected me with the red drugs. But the second drug gave me a bad headache. The nurse even slowed it down so that it would take an hour for my body to take it in to avoid the headache. Nothing tylenol didn't fix. Since I've been home I've felt a little nauseous and tired, but i take my meds on relax and drink lots of water. It helps. My daily injections to increase my white blood cells aren't too bad. The nurse said my bones may start to hurt but so far I've only done 2 injections. My wonderful boyfriend is in charge of the injecting me. I think it hurts him more. Anywho, thats all I have to report for now. Next treatment is Jan 6!

      almost 5 years ago

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