Hi Tammy. So sorry you have to deal with this. I certainly know your fear. Prior to chemo, I was scared to death. As I made my way to the chemo room, I felt like I was walking to the electric chair. I have to say that it was not near as bad as I was expecting. I was taken to a room that had a lot of big recliners in it. The recliners were filled with other people getting chemo. They took me to my chair and I sat down and got comfortable. The nurses are very compassionate. The nurse took a warm towel and draped it over my arm. After a short time, she came back and started an IV. I can't remember what the premed was. After that was done, she started the chemo. The only thing that I felt, was the initial stick of the IV needle and when they "pushed" the chemo, which we dub "red devil", I felt a warm flush go through my body. Other than that and the fact that you may get a little sleepy, you don't feel any pain or anything. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids, before, during and after your treatment, which will help to flush the excess chemo out of the system, helping to eliminate irritable bladder. You will have to tinkle a lot, but they can unhook you and let you walk, rolling your IV pole, to the bathroom. I took a newspaper and a book to read,during treatment. It was over before I knew it. Your doc will give you anti-nausea meds. Be sure to take them on time, every time, even if you do not feel nauseated. It is the meds that are allowing you to feel that you don't need them. If you let the nausea get on top, it will be hard to get rid of it. I worked through my chemo. It is very doable. I lost my hair on day 19, after the first AC. Prior to losing your hair, your scalp will become real sore and tingly. You know that the time is close. You can then choose to buzz it or wait and comb it out. I combed mine out. It wasn't traumatic for me, at all. I just put on a scarf and did my housework. Start looking for wigs , before your treatment, if wigs are what you choose to wear. Some women choose wigs or scarves, some women choose to go natural. Paula Young has nice, inexpensive wigs: www.paulayoung.com If you have further questions, feel free to ask. I wish you well.
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