I now have been over two weeks at our Jesuit infirmary Pickering. I will be returning to Guelph on Monday. On the same day I will have the pheresis catheter removed at a Hamilton hospital. I have had this for a couple of months, and through it I have received the chemo, given blood for tests, and received the stem cells. Having this removed means that the transplant is further behind me and it is a small milestone.
The ulcer on my side has been giving me increase pain and it has not been healing – unlike the other ulcer. I have to admit that I was getting alarmed about this. It is hard for me to trust my health now. I remember someone once telling me that I took my health for granted. No more now! When something happens, or does not happen as I hoped, it is hard for me not to presume the worst.
Earlier this week, I had a wound care specialist look at the ulcer. She cleaned away a lot of the dead tissue that was there. She also said that the ulcer was not healing because of the tissue present, and not because of the cancer. The fact that the second ulcer is healing is a good indication that the chemo has worked in eliminating the cancer. I was very relieved to hear this news. I still have pain, for which I am taking pills, but this is one more thing with which I need patience. The good news is that one ulcer is almost healed!
On Tuesday I went to Peterborough for the funeral of John Ganley. John was the co-founder of Jamaica Self Help, an organization that supported our work in Jamaica when I was there. He was a great person, and I was saddened to hear of his passing. The memorial service was a wonderful testimony to his life and to the commitment to the marginalized and to justice that was very much a part of it – a commitment that he shared with his wife, Rosemary. I was also pleased to see that I did not find the trip and the funeral too tiring. It was the first public event that I attended since the transplant.