Hi dak - I am sure you'll get lots of good responses... but in a nutshell for me, I was tired on days 4-7 after a chemo treatment... make sure you get some good anti-nausea drugs, zofran worked best for me but some women like kytril. I continued to work part-time throughout chemo; it helped me to feel 'normal' and not like a patient 24-hrs a day... my hair started to fall out 2-3 weeks after my 1st AC treatment, and i didn't like that so i shaved it off and used duct tape (yes duct tape!) to remove the little hairs on my scalp. (you just lay it on your scalp gently, and the hairs come right up... none on the pillow, none on your clothes, i liked that better!) Never did wear a wig (too itchy, hot and expensive) but i loved the little cotton hats and i would wear a scarf around my head with the hat on top, and it looked great. no problems there. Just remember to rest when you want to! and don't be aggravated when, after a few hours rest, you might not wake up and feel totally refreshed. that's just how it is... you need to rest though, and let your body recover. don't forget to drink lots of water, especially right after chemo, to keep those drugs moving and out of your system. i was told baking soda toothpaste helps to avoid mouth sores, and wouldn't you know, i never did get one (and i used mentadent even before chemo). so i would recommend that. check with your onc on an iron supplement, and/or procrit shots to help keep your red blood cells up, that can help with fatigue too. andi had neupogen shots to keep the white blood cells from bottoming out. on the days your white counts are at their lowest (days 9-11 i believe?) you'll want to avoid places like theaters, crowds, the mall... anywhere where there are lots of germs. i usually stayed home for those days to avoid getting extra sick. of course, i wanted to go to the tim mcgraw concert because i had 2nd ROW SEATS but it fell on day 10 of a cycle and my onc highly recommended against it. ;-( so i stayed home.
gosh, what else? be prepared for a few days where food tastes strange, or has no taste... or you have a metallic taste in your mouth.. thats just the chemo, it does go away after a few days.
above all, HANG IN THERE, and just think of all the cancer cells that are DYING with each treatment! you can do it, it seems like it'll never end, but then it does and it's just a memory. i was dx in feb. 2001 with a 4.5cm tumor, stage iiB, 5 of 49 lymph nodes positive, and (KNOCK KNOCK ON WOOD) i am still here.... you can do it too.
"It's been worth everything I've been through,
To do what I do"
To Do What I Do -Alan Jackson, 2004