The fear of chemo is far, far worse than actually having it. You feel rough for a few days, lose your taste buds and some people get annoying things like mouth ulcers. You will not get as many side effects if you can manage to fast the day before and the day of your chemo. Google Valter Longer about chemo and fasting.
I used a cold cap and kept masses of hair - so don't worry about that either.
You will be fine lots of us have had to have it xxx
Unajoy, I think that you need some help here. Does your GP know how you feel? I would get an appointment to discuss these things. Also, your chemo team does need to know your circumstances. Transport can be arranged to get you to appointments, community nurses can check on you. I promise you, you will not be alone. In addition the help line here is great. I used it a few times at my lowest ebb, and when I didn't want to worry hubby. We're all in this together, plus charities like Macmillan and Maggies and this wonderful place. It's a bit of a b you just moving, but reaching out to people might just surprise you. Lots of ladies never have infections, so maybe the tunnel getting that bit longer has scared you. It's very doable these days. Chemo may not be a walk in the park, but look at all of us on here who have reached the finishing line. It is doable and gives a much better survival rate, and surely that's what we want? I sending you a great big hug as I guess you're in need of one. There's also a pair of big girl knickers going the rounds. I've needed them a few times! X
Don't worry about it but do make sure your onc team are fully aware of your lifestyle circumstances. They can prescribe drugs which bring your immune response back up again (Neulasta etc). They also give you emergency antibiotics to keep at home. My onc said the biggest infection risk for most people is themselves! So you can minimise the risk with good hygiene etc. I travelled on crowded tube trains, went to the theatre, busy shopping centres etc all the time and I was fine. I have cats but was careful to wash my hands after touching them. On the other hand someone else I know treated with a different type of chemo for a different type of cancer did suffer with infections but she already had asthma and other relevant health problems. Just make sure you also tell the onc team your full medical history, even things that may seem irrelevant to you. Worth asking your GP, Macmillan helpline, etc what other help you may be entitled to or can access locally? For the majority of people the chemo is merely a bit unpleasant - a bit like having jet lag all the time. Sending you all my best wishes xx
Oh sorry.....double negative! I mean that you won't get an infection because you are less likely to catch something from someone else xx
Thinking of you Unajoy and sending you big hugs xxx
You might not think it at the moment, but you will be able to do this, I promise. Do you have any family or friends that can pop in if you're having a bad day? Also, your gp surgery or community nurses will be able to come out.
It is quite unlikely that you won't get an infection, especially if you're by yourself. But when the time comes, you can speak to the chemo team and let them know your situation.
Sending a hug xx