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Oct 9, 2019 08:18AM
I am so glad to hear that he's helping. You are doing the same regiment I did, except I have Herceptin/Perjeta every three weeks along with the taxol, I am still doing the HP.
Look at Tiffany's Twenty Terrific Tips on BC.org for help on what to bring for chemo and what might make you more comfortable during it. There were several things that helped me - a silk pillow case - easy on the head during and after hair loss, a warm blanket - chemo rooms are usually cold and the fluids that you get make you colder, a soft hat for night time - again, I was always cold. As for head coverings, I used several hats and I used t-shirts. Google how to make a t-shirt headscarf for chemo patients. I got shirts for as little as $2 and you can get them in so many colors. Add a $1 bandanna, and it's really cute. The receptionist at radiation told me about using little girl tights to make coverings but I never did this. The t-shirts were easy, (no sewing), easy to put on and I felt less like a chemo patient when I used them. Some people just rock the bald look - but we are headed into winter and you will be cold!
Get a notebook to write questions and information in, if you haven't already. This is too much to keep up with in your head.
If you are given Neulasta to help with white blood counts, take Claritin several days before and after treatment. It really helps with the bone pain many people have. Sounds weird, and my MO could not say why it helps, but it does.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!!! If water taste awful, and it might, add lemon or some flavoring. I ended up drinking lemonade that we made at home. Yes, it was sugar, but it was the only thing I could tolerate. The kind with artificial sweetener tasted awful. Take the nausea meds - don't try and tough it out. Try to eat as much protein as you can. It helps you recover from treatments faster.
Rest when you need to. One of our group, who always tried to find humor, came up with a list of "You might be doing chemo if...." one of these was you need a nap after a shower. And you might!!
Don't read other people's experience. Everyone reacts differently to chemo. What made me really sick, you may breeze through. But do ask advice on this site. The people are wonderful here and will help in any way they can. If I can help, post here or PM me anytime. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
8/28/2018, DCIS/IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 2/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (DUAL)
8/28/2018, IDC, Right, 1cm, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+
5/28/2019 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall
AC + T (Taxol)
Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel