Bee's Hive

Friday, May 15, 2015

Hair...all gone

Well the new do didn't last long before hand fulls of hair began to fall out. Here is one of my caps...spider is Thanks to my friend Kathy!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

New hair do

It's time. Hair is starting to fall out and there is nothing I hate more then working around cooking with bad hair. I've been cutting it a few inches once a week to help me deal with looking at the new short or no hair look.  Today I went from this to this.........

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Spring....makes me feel so good!

Yes Rita, it's time for an up date. I love the new hospital and the nurses are GREAT. Of course Chemo is not for the lame or weak so tonight is one of those nights where I'd like to fall apart and have someone just rub my body and brush my hair.

For the past month I've been fighting a bacterial infection that won't allow me to even eat dry crackers so this week it's top priority to win that battle.  Lost 15 pounds this week because of it and had to have 2 units of fluid today. The blood work is a mess so there won't be any Chemo for 2 weeks.

By the time I got home today I was feeling light headed so I took the blood thinner and went to bed. An hour ago I woke up to a computer print out on the seat of my walker. It was from the Lancaster Heart Group....Your blood work came back and the number should be at 2.5 but is at 4.5. DON'T FALL ... DON'T GET CUT...DON'T TAKE THE BLOOD THINNER TONIGHT. CALL US FIRST THING IN THE MORNING...REPEAT...DON'T TAKE THE THINNER, DON'T FALL and DON'T GET CUT. EAT GREEN VEGGIES TO BRING THE COUNT UNDER CONTROL....BROCCOLI, ETC.

All weekend I didn't feel good. Your body tells you when there is something wrong if only you listen to it. Tomorrow I'll be eating lots of greens and probiotics.   They tried to make light of it so they told me I was going on a "puppy" diet.....rice, lean beef and banana's.

Now I love pretty things and in the very near future I won't have hair. I decided to balance that with neat hats and fancy ear rings. I've never worn any ear bobs other then one single pearl so this will be a dangle, sparkle event at age 70!  Just a little fun.

In the middle of all this mishap, my friend sent me a package of real sparkle. I gasped when I opened the package....for me? Oh wow how beautiful!  I'll be adding photo's when daylight comes. It sure doesn't matter if I live a week or a year, someone didn't look at that fact. She just looked at the woman who needed a little cheering up........Thank You Kathy! I just feel so special every time I look at the bracelet on my wrist. My infusion team who are all very young will be green with envy over the OWL mirror!

The hard part of having Cancer is that everyone looks at you like you have become Cancer. I'm still the person I was back in November. I love getting the flowers and candy but it sort of shows how people are feeling...give her something she can use up in a week since we don't know....I'm still sewing, I still have commitments to fill. This package made me feel like a woman pretty!

Yes Debby, here is my addy:  B. Gibson  526 School Drive, Fredericksburg, Pa. 17026

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Awful month and still winter!

So many mistakes have been made. I've been treated really bad by doctor's and nurses. Hey people...I'm a person and I'm still alive.  No one seems to care as long as Medicare is paying life is good for them.

So I decided to start from the doctor's, new hospital. The hospital in Lancaster, Pa. is new. It certainly doesn't have the doctor's with the same high experience that Philadelphia has but it seems when people are trying to get noticed and need more patients they behave a lot better. When you have Cancer and are facing death kindness is more important then care as far as I am concerned.

I had my first visit yesterday and will be going once a week until we get things going.

This is the new hospital

I did manage to finish Dave's wool quilt top and am working of the doll quilts so I can get them in the mail.

Thanks to all of you who have offered to send me things I might need. Right now just getting the item's finished that I have promised is just about all I can handle for now. 

I'm hoping I can now give up dates as the treatments start. Thanks to everyone for being here.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

No up date to give.......

Once again I ended up in the hospital. I have an infection so the port and Chemo hasn't happened. I don't really have an up date for Facebook or here. This cellulitis is not responding to medicine. That's about it for now.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015


Well once again I spent last week in the hospital. This time it was the Cancer Center for the Cellulitis. It was so bad in my legs that I couldn't walk and it had also turned up on my belly. IV treatment helped but I'm not sure if this will be the end of it. This morning my legs are once again so swollen I can't bend my knee's or ankles...guess we'll see as time goes on.

I'm on the list for March 17th to have the port put in my chest in the morning and get the first installment of Chemo that afternoon. The oncologist told me the drug they have to give me will make all my hair fall out. Looks like I'll be getting my summer hair cut early.

I'm still plugging away at making Dave's wool quilt. I'm so close to having the top put together but it's not a project I can do in the hospital so I'm hoping I can stay home long enough to finish!

I do have hand work to do on the "Get your Mrs. Claus on" project. That project has to get done and in the mail soon. I'm also beading cotton caps I bought to wear.

I've been getting some pretty gifts from friends. I hope to get some photo's together to post. Everyone has been so thoughtful!  I even got false eyelashes and aqua nail polish!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A Day at the Cancer Center

Yesterday I was scheduled to have the Pet Scan I missed while in the hospital all of January. They didn't make me fast for 3 days...just for 6 hours. It went much better although being in the MRI machine for over 2 hours was a bit nerve racking.

Good thing is the cancer is not in any other organs!  The bad thing is they are afraid radiation will make the Rheumatoid Arthritis cause the cancer to grow instead of shrink. They will instead start Chemo in 2 weeks and see how the tumor reacts. They are considering surgery if the chemo does it's job.

 The delay is because while in the hospital I picked up cellulitis.  For the past 6 weeks my feet and legs have swollen and turned red. I've been calling them my elephant legs. About 10 doctors and numerous nurses have removed my compression stockings, pressed on my feet and legs, put the socks back on and said I had very swollen legs...none did anything.  Yesterday morning I couldn't wear shoes or even slippers. It was very painful to walk on my feet and my knees were so swollen I couldn't get them over the tub edge to shower. It was time to make demands about the condition.

After all the tests had been done at the hospital, I had an appointment to see the oncologist. I removed my stockings and told him we could go no further until he took care of the legs. He looked at them with a purple light and decided I had cellulitis. I am now on an antibiotic but if it doesn't work fast enough he'll put me in the hospital for IV treatment.

Every person and every tumor reacts differently. The doctors have a general idea how it will go but they also expect things to fall apart when the patient has other medical problems. The way they are acting I think the RA has given unexpected problems in the past...we'll see how it goes. They did say the drugs they will be using will cause my hair to fall out....I'm prepared. I bought fun wigs, hats and even henna tattoo's. I just can't see myself wearing a chemo "rag" down to my eyebrows. I'd rather shock them all with a 70 yr. old lady and a fire truck red head of hair and big earrings!  I also bought some skull caps but they need some fancy shiny pins or dangle beading.  

So this is my journey. When I have anything new to tell I'll post or you can ask me to post if I'm missed..smiling at that.  Most people are following my journey on Facebook so sometimes I do forget to post here. Lets all pray for spring! I could use some flowers right now.