Hi Randi! I know exactly how you feel. The anticipation and fear of the unknown in regards to the first chemo treatment is something that none of us forget. Trust me when I say that what you are feeling right now is worse than the treatment itself. What happened when I had the A/C was my blood was drawn first (thru my port) to make sure all counts were high enough to receive the chemo. Once it was determined that everything was ok, then I was given a premed thru IV (port again). One is a steriod and the other was benadryl. Both made me a little sleepy so I usually napped during the treatments. One of the chemos is given IV and the other (it's red..think it is the cytoxin) is given thru the IV tube but a nurse will push it very slowly. If my memory is right(and it has been awhile) the whole thing took 3-4 hrs. I read sometimes (until I fell asleep), played cards (the same group was there every 3wks so we got a little "card club" started), sometimes listened to music and visited w/ the other patients. There is a snack room connected to the chemo room at my onco office. Popcorn, crackers, juice, coffee, tea, etc is available. You will want to drink lots of water to help push the chemo thru your system and bladder/kidneys. I never vomited. Felt a little queasy but I had a magic pill that took care of that. I wasn't constipated, just the opposite, but had another magic pill that stopped that also. The steriod that I was given as a premed would make me stay awake for about 24 hrs. I might catnap but not a good sleep. Sure did get lots accomplished that first 24 hrs. lol
Hang in there. You will be fine. Remember, we are all here for you and will be with you on Wednesday. Try and stay busy these next 2 days.
Thanks so much you are always here just like all of you other ladies to answer all my questions. I love you all for that. I am just scared of being sick. I hate it more than anything. I will let you all know how I did on Thursday.
Randi! Just look for all of the pink feathers floating down around you and that should take the fear of the chemo away. I know that you will do fine tomorrow. You might want to take a pillow with you so that you can sleep on the way home. Also, wear comfortable clothes. Don't dress up. Remember that you are going to be sitting for awhile. I have often thought that wearing a robe and slippers would be heaven but usually go in sweats/jeans and a t-shirt. You might find the chemo room a little chilly. I am sure that they will have blankets but take a sweater or light weight jacket. Also, be sure and wear a top that they can get to your port easily.
Lots of positive thoughts and hugs.....Deb
P.S. I wouldn't advise McDonalds either. My stomach must be made of iron plus I had decided that I was going to eat what I wanted and see what happened!