• day after chemo... bored!!

    Asked by HearMeRoar on Saturday, March 9, 2013

    day after chemo... bored!!

    I feel totally fine! Doc demanded I stay on the couch. Will it hit me tomorrow? I am so bored!!

    23 Answers from the Community

    23 answers
    • AlizaMLS's Avatar
      AlizaMLS

      Dear HearMeRoar,

      Hi. I'm Aliza and I'm a retired Librarian and also a Medical Librarian (as well as a BC patient). I can't reply to your chemo issues because I didn't need chemo but if that's what the doc's orders were, I might be able to give you a suggestion to help relieve the tedium - a break from the tv and maybe DVD's.

      If you like books, there's an online bookgroup called www.goodreads.com. You can track all of your books, write reviews, join small genre bookgroups, make virtual friends, find new titles and read others' reviews. Not bad for someone who has to take it easy and you can sometimes really lose yourself in it.

      If you're ever at a loss for titles, please feel free to message me as I've been every kind of Librarian there is, excepting Legal and Corporate (Thank God!!). I'm happy to help. I also make referrals of all kinds when necessary.

      I hope you escape your chemo feeling well and rested and don't get too worked up at your doc. She/he has your best interests at heart. Distract yourself and have fun!!

      Warm wishes,
      AlizaMLS

      about 4 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar
      SueRae1

      You really don't want to over do it the day after chemo. As this is your first time your doc is just being careful. Each of us react differently and in time you will find out what your rhythm is. I find reading, talking to friends on the phone, watching TiVo -NetFlix DVDs etc helpful. I also schedule a massage w/energy work for the day after my infusion. My oncologist loves that I do this, check with yours, and if you can afford it and there's a practitioner nearby (mine is 3 blocks away) or can come to your house, why not treat yourself every once in a while.

      about 4 years ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar
      BuckeyeShelby

      My worst days were day 2 & 3 after chemo, but everyone is different. Glad you are feeling ok. And as Sue said, why not take the opportunity to pamper yourself. Favorite movies or books. Warm fuzzy blanket, comfie pjs or sweats. Etc. Be good to yourself for a couple days. Many hugs!

      about 4 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar
      nancyjac

      My chemos were on Wednesdays. I felt fine until Saturdays. In fact because of the steroids I took for nausea before each chemo I felt wired.

      about 4 years ago
    • Ydnar2xer's Avatar
      Ydnar2xer

      I kept track of how I felt after chemo, using a calendar and stickers (like I'm a kid again!) that was provided by the makers of Herceptin. I was totally faithful to recording each day. Eventually, I figured out what my reactions would be. It was great, because I learned I would only feel truly crummy on the weeks when I also had Carboplatin. This made it possible for me to lead a semi-regular life, planning activities ahead of time like I usually do. In other words, it was another little thing that made me feel more in CONTROL--which was very important for me. :-)

      about 4 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar
      karen1956

      My onc didn't give me any restrictions following chemo....he did encourage exercise so when I felt like it, DH got me out walking even if it was for 5 mintues....I had chemo on TH...on Friday went for neulasta shot and IV hydration....also IV hydration on the week-end...then back to work on Monday...but the day of chemo, I always come home and went to bed,,,

      about 4 years ago
    • LauraJo's Avatar
      LauraJo

      I got my chemo treatments & went to work...and really didn't have a lot of issues. As the treatments progressed, I would generally take a nap when I came home from work, and in the second round, I would get sick on Thursday mornings....but other than that, nothing major. Everyone is different...just don't stress your body out. Do what you can, but don't push it, as your cells need to be putting their energy into fighting your cancer. And SueRae's suggestion about massage is a great one. I had several during treatment, to pamper myself & to help with the stress. Good luck to you in this part of your journey!

      about 4 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar
      JennyMiller

      As you can see, everyone is different. I had my chemo on Thursday -- Friday was OK - kind of like the "calm before the storm". Saturday and Sunday were my "effects" days -- spent on the
      couch. By Monday, I was OK again and ready to babysit the Great Grandchildren on Tuesday.
      I knew when I would be down & out so I planned around it. As for the boredom, a couple of times, I would take a little stool -- perch myself on it -- and organize a drawer -- or a closet -- at a liesurely pace. It kept me busy without draining me -- and with doing one at a time, all of sudden I had completed them all -- and I felt good about my accomplishment. Good Luck!

      about 4 years ago
    • DianaL's Avatar
      DianaL

      Hi HMR, I guess it depends on what chemo you are on. I was on Tacotere and Ctyoxin. I went to work after I finished chemo (that was on Thursday), when back to the clinic on Friday mornings and got the Neulasta shot. No problems from chemo until the last and that was extreme fatigue! I missed no work. I could not sleep of chemo because I was so wired up from the steroids! Just do what your doctor recommends with this first one. If you have no problems tell him when you see him at your next treatment! If you are taking the Neulasta shot a regular Claritin on the day of chemo and for about two to three days after helped me to not have any of the joint or muscle pain caused by the shot. Take the Claritin as directed. Good luck and so glad the first chemo is behind you.

      about 4 years ago
    • princess123's Avatar
      princess123

      I always felt great the day after. The next day leveled off and then the third day I went into a slump. Did you receive steroids? Let him know how you are feeling.

      about 4 years ago
    • Loafer's Avatar
      Loafer

      Enjoy it! No reason to stay on couch, if you're feeling good. Get some light exercise in and you'll feel even better. The neulesta shot may take you down. Follow all advice about taking Claritin and good luck!

      about 4 years ago
    • debco148's Avatar
      debco148

      The steroids haven't worn off yet, just one day off. You may feel out of it by 3rd or 4th day and then start coming back to normal. I think it's ok to take a short walk or do a few errands, but pace yourself, it could catch up to you. Also, you don't yet how or if the chemo will effect your blood counts, so until you know how your body reacts, just take it easy. Too soon to tell after one day. Listen to what they say about taking the compozine, etc also. It will prevent you from any nausea on day 2,3,4. On week 2 after I was always feeling bored and fiesty enought to do a light Zumba class, so you have to see how this all works for you.

      about 4 years ago
    • Myungclas' Avatar
      Myungclas

      You probably still have steroids in your system. I was superman for a day or so, then I started to fade. Days 2 and 3 after a treatment were my sofa days, but even then I tried to exercise as much as I could. No sense getting weaker than necessary, I thought.

      about 4 years ago
    • SoccerLisaMom's Avatar
      SoccerLisaMom

      My onocologist did not give me restrictions either. I felt very lucky as I was able to still continue to work my job at 40 hours a week. I was very active in my exercising prior to my diagnosis so I asked about exercising should I feel up to it. I would actually do a treatment on Monday and do Zumba on Tuesdays. I chose Tuesdays as that would be when my counts would be at there highest. I would then stay away from the gym just because I did not want to catch anything when my counts would be at their lowest. Not only did I feel so much better with the exercise but the out pouring of love, prayers, and support I got from that group was beyond words.

      about 4 years ago
    • euphgirl's Avatar
      euphgirl

      I had FEC plus Herceptin. The steroids had me wired for the first two days after. I would hardly sleep (3 hrs the first night, maybe 5 the next). Fatigue would hit hard the third day. For me, not so much feeling tired or like sleeping, but more like a heavyness in my legs, like they were 2 concrete pillars I could barely drag to walk. Once on the day after, I was so wired I went hiking in the state park!! No one said I had to rest and I figured the exercise would do me good. So, look out for the third day from which I gradually recovered by the 6th or 7th day. And drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. You can look up your specific chemo drugs on chemocare.com (a site suggested by my onc's nurse) to see the side effects and for me, every drug suggested 2-3 qts water and I really think that plus a half hour walk each day that I could really helped. Good luck to you!!

      about 4 years ago
    • SandiD's Avatar
      SandiD

      It will hit soon. Follow your body's lead, but also your doctor's advice. Be very careful of germs so I would avoid public places and too many visitors. Watch movies, read, play games, knit, puzzles, music, do your nails... Time to pamper yourself, you deserve it! Good luck!

      about 4 years ago
    • blondie's Avatar
      blondie

      Agreed with all responses. Making a journal of all post-chemo reactions is a good thing. Chemo /radiation can affect balance/coordination. Maybe talk to your doctor about a bone density test to determine bone reactions.

      about 4 years ago
    • AlizaMLS's Avatar
      AlizaMLS

      Dear HearMeRoar,

      Hi. I'm Aliza and I'm a retired Librarian and also a Medical Librarian (as well as a BC patient). I can't reply to your chemo issues because I didn't need chemo but if that's what the doc's orders were, I might be able to give you a suggestion to help relieve the tedium - a break from the tv and maybe DVD's.

      If you like books, there's an online bookgroup called www.goodreads.com. You can track all of your books, write reviews, join small genre bookgroups, make virtual friends, find new titles and read others' reviews. Not bad for someone who has to take it easy and you can sometimes really lose yourself in it.

      If you're ever at a loss for titles, please feel free to message me as I've been every kind of Librarian there is, excepting Legal and Corporate (Thank God!!). I'm happy to help. I also make referrals of all kinds when necessary.

      I hope you escape your chemo feeling well and rested and don't get too worked up at your doc. She/he has your best interests at heart. Distract yourself and have fun!!

      Warm wishes,
      AlizaMLS

      about 4 years ago
    • pll's Avatar
      pll

      Hi HearMeRoar, as has been mentioned if this is your first chemo, your oncologist is probably just being cautious. I never was nauseated and really didn't have any side effects except for increasing exhaustion as each chemo went on. (6 months of CAF). The worst for me were the anti-nausea IV drugs. made me antsy and felt itchy inside. I told my doctor on the 2nd visit and he cut them back. was fine after that. good luck and hope the rest of the treatments go as well as the first. read lots of books, surf the internet and do whatever makes you happy!

      about 4 years ago
    • Lirasgirl33's Avatar
      Lirasgirl33

      I'm usually full of energy on day of chemo and day after. It's not until day #4 & #5 that I feel like poo. My last round of chemo surprised me however. I felt like poo same day of chemo, but by day #6 I was back to feeling like me and out and about. You will notice certain patterns once you're in the thick of it. As far as how your body handles the chemo. You will find ways to cope with side effects better. Wishing you all the best. :)

      about 4 years ago
    • Yallpaint's Avatar
      Yallpaint

      Like you I kept waiting to feel bad. After a few days I decided to go ahead with plans but allow myself to change my mind if I suddenly wasn't up to it. The people in my life had to learn to be flexible.

      about 4 years ago
    • bridget's Avatar
      bridget

      Get off the couch! Go for a nice walk. I found that when I am really tired (the only side effect I have had), if I exercise ... it's a lot better. My friend Karen diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer and had really awful chemo -- walks 4 miles a day and found her side effects were almost nothing....

      about 4 years ago
    • fiddler's Avatar
      fiddler

      Most people here had similar effects - infusion, wired from steroid, a bit off, down, start back up, continuing up until next infusion. I'll add that the Neulasta (per onco doc) made my teeth throb the Thursday following my 2nd infusion that I got the Friday before. Believe me when I say the advice about Claritin is wise.

      about 4 years ago

    Help the community by answering this question:

    Create an account to post your answer Already have an account? Sign in!

    By using WhatNext, you agree to our User Agreement, and Privacy Policy


    Read and answer more invasive (infiltrating) ductal carcinoma questions.  Also, don't forget to check out our Invasive (Infiltrating) Ductal Carcinoma page.