I had a little nausea a few days after the first tow rounds, then nothing later.
For me, the steroids wired me. I typically take a nap in the afternoon then I'm up all night - like until 6 or 7 am. ( I spend a lot of time catching up on posts here.)
(I'm the opposite of Julie.)
You definitely want to take the anit-nausea med before there is a problem. If I waited until I was nauseous I could not keep it down.
Your mom may develop a numbness in her toes (neuropathy). It's not painful, but you should be aware it might happen. Amount depends on the person.
I always bring snacks. Aimee even goes out to the nearby ChicFila to get me chicken strips and fries while I'm in the chair.
You've got to drink lots of water to flush the chemo out. Try to get into the habit of getting a drink every time you pass a faucet. Room temperature flat ginger ale is also good.
When you get home, it might be easier to "graze" frequently on small amounts rather than taking large meals. You'll figure that out.
Ditto on having something to do while in the chair. I read or go on-line with a tablet, or just rest with my eyes closed.
When I was on carbo/gem and later gem only, they used my veins. When I went to FOLFOX6 I had to have a port. One important thing about a port is the skill of the nurse preparing the infusion. Some have the "touch", others don't. When you find one who is good, insist on having that person in the future. It makes all the difference in the world.
Light-hearted attempt at humor.
Patient: "Doctor, after the chemo will I be able to play the piano?"
Onc: "Other than a little tingling in your fingers, you should be able to play just fine. Why do you ask?"
Patient: "I can't play now but I was hoping that would change."