What does Chemo Therapy feel like? I want to know before I have to go!
I am scared of Chemo Therapy.
For me it felt as if thick chocolate syrup was being poured throughout my body and settling in my feet. Your body feels very heavy and slow.
Everyone’s cancer fighting recipe is different and unique to your type of cancer.
When you have chemo, you often will receive, through your veins, some type of antihistamine medication to protect your body from any reaction to the drugs during infusion. That will make you feel sleepy.
1. Be prepared to be at the infusion center for hours. (I often went alone, but I don’t recommend it! That is one of my regrets!)
2. Bring things to do, if you don’t want to sleep. (I watched movies that were simple and had a happy message. Nothing that was too stressful or created a lot of thinking.)
3. Bring a blanket, pillow, or sweater. (They usually have afgans there) Often you will feel cold. (Mostly because the cancer center’s air conditioning is on full blast.)
4. Be prepared to tinkle a lot because they are giving you fluids along with your medications.
5. Bring something to curb yucky tastes. Some times the antiseptic medications they use to clean your veins and ports called Heparin leaves a yukky taste in your mouth. I brought Starburst candies and gave them out often to others who forgot. They usually have candies all around the cancer center.
6. Bring something you like to drink or eat, especially if you are there a long time. They will also have food there or at the hospital cafeteria, but it isn’t always what you like.