Chemotherapy drugs infused into the body have certain effects on your strength, health status, and cognition. You may be advised to rest a lot and limit physical activity. However, there are still activities that you can undertake safely after the chemotherapy session.
In fact, too much test may cause muscle weakness, loss of function and pain when moving about. Here is a guideline of what you should or not do right after your dose.
It is not illegal to drive just after having the treatment. However, the effect of the drugs begs the question, Is it really safe to drive? Some effects of chemotherapy drugs include poor or double vision, nausea, vomiting, poor judgment and reduced motion. You may also experience extreme fatigue or diarrhea.
All of these effects may pose a risk when driving. Therefore, it is generally recommended that you do not drive up to 48 hours after the treatment. Again, this depends on the side effects.
Body fluids such as sweat, urine, vaginal fluids and semen have large amounts of the drug after chemo treatment. Therefore, any intercourse within 48 hours after the treatment will pass the fluids to the partner. You may also not be in the right emotional mind to enjoy sex. Take two days off after the treatment before enjoying some lovemaking.
Chemotherapy has serious effects on the body’s immunity. You may be affected by things that are generally not a problem such as pollen, dust, and flu. Moreover, you may feel pain when using hand tools such as mowers and cutters. Therefore, it is advisable that you avoid outdoors for several days after having the treatment.
Do not sweep your outdoors, mow or cut bushes until you regain your strength. In the same breath, avoid crowds to avoid catching any airborne diseases such as flu. Also, limit the number of people coming to see you right after the treatment. Family members with flue should wear masks.
While exercise is good, keep it moderate or low until the extreme side effects have subsided. It is in your best interest to rest in the first two days after your chemo. After that, you can walk around home after rest. If you are not very weak, target a low to moderate workout routine of 150 minutes every week. Studies suggest that routine exercise the chances of re-occurrence of some cancers and improve the survival rate in many patients. It also lowers the chances of getting opportunistic diseases.