Well Kathy I believe Cheryl was very thorough with her instructions. You did not say if you have a port or not. I did not have a port. They went directly in my vein which really made my arm sore. I found that if I brought a heating pad with me and wrapped it around my arm during my chemo infusion, my arm felt better. Of course ask your Onc team if this is permissible. They allowed me to do this. And when I came home I applied warm moist compacts to my arm the first several hours after chemo. I still got a burn on my last chemo but that's all in the past.
Cheryl told you to take your anti-nausea drugs BEFORE you get nauseated. I can't tell you how important this is. You don't want to get nauseated.....stay ahead of it.
My chemo went like this: first day no appetite. I had to force myself to eat and drink. Second day a little better but I had to give myself a Neulasta shot which causes severe bone pain for some women. Unfortunately I was one of those women. Many suggest Claritin to ease this pain but it didn't help me. We are all so very different. By the third and fourth day I was starting to feel a little better.
Chemo is not as bad as it is depicted in movies anymore. It's no walk in the park either. I can tell you that it goes by pretty fast though.
Make sure you bring something with you to keep yourself occupied. An iPad, music, your phone, a book. It's a long day.
I swear to you I thought I was going to turn to ashes with my first chemo! I was SO scared! Now here I am 4 years later alive and well.
Please keep us posted on your progress and feel free to ask anything you want.