THe chemo experience seems to be highly individual and unique. Try not to expect that all of ours will be yours, but preparing for some side effects will help.
I did AC every 3 weeks. Each time was a carbon copy. I ate lunch afterwards and threw it up at about 10pm that night. I learned that soup was a better lunch on chemo day. But other than that, I had no nausea at all. I did feel tired and slept more for the first couple days. Seems there are meds to counter most side effects and more meds to counter those effects. Yes, the pre-meds can be constipating. Ask the RN about taking a stool softener during the week. It helped me tremendously when I did.
I had chemo on Tuesday and took off work on Wed, then did a half day on Thurs and Friday. I never felt bad, just not always like myself. By 5:00 on Friday, the acid reflux set in and stayed a few days, so I took Pepcid. I used Mylanta for that too, and learned it can cause the runs....so use sparingly. I learned that salami and pizza are very bad foods to eat when having reflux issues, and I learned that bland diet like eggs and cottage cheese worked well.
I kept a bottle of Purell hand sanitizer at my desk and in my purse to try and keep germs away. I avoided malls and movies during the period when my counts were at their lowest, and had no other real lifestyle changes.
My onc advised exercizing, esp during the week of chemo, and it did help my energy and feelings of normalcy. I walked a mile a day and it felt good.
On Thursday, my mint gum and water tasted like metal, and lasted for 2 days. My voice faded those days too, which was odd.
I never got mouth sores, never needed injections and never had any real issues.
I took a little ativan to counter the jitters from steroids, and then needed ambien to sleep. Insomnia is common during chemo.
Everyone here will have a different situation, but just know that it can be very tolerable.
I found the idea of coffee was horrifying and I drank tea instead. For some reason, I had trouble eating a bagel for breakfast and switched to English muffins.
Hang in there!