I have just under a week left in Toronto before I fly down to Chicago to spend 5 weeks as Mom’s caretaker. She went through chemo with flying colours, and is now checking into Loyola University Hospital for a autologous stem cell transplant.
While I’m there, I’ll be living in my old house and working remotely. It’s going to be very strange, but such a blessing that I can go do this for her.
She’ll check into the hospital some time between Friday and Tuesday, and will likely spend 3 weeks there undergoing intense chemo and then the transplant procedure. It’s not supposed to be painful, but she will be incredibly tired and weak as her immune system rebuilds itself.
After being discharged, she goes home with me to live in isolation for up to 2 weeks. We have an addition on the house that’s perfect for this; it can be set aside just for her, and is large enough to have ample space to sleep, watch tv, work on the computer and it’s own bathroom.
I’ve read a lot about the procedure, and it’s not going to be a cake walk, but it does reduce her risk of the indolent lymphoma transforming again down to 25% within 5 years instead of 75-90% (depending on who you ask). Those are good odds, and she’s really in great shape.
On the flip side, it’s going to be rough to leave home for that long. I’ve been apart from Sandra for 42 days before, but that was years ago. I’ve also lived in a different province than her for what, 9 months? So we can do it. It’s just not going to be fun. And I’m going to miss my chocolate dooogies.
But 5 weeks will pass quickly. I have a lot of work, a ton of design ideas, and the coming of baseball to help pass the time.
Because of the schedule, we did have to cancel our trip to see the Blue Jays for Spring Training. The weekend fell at the end of the 5 weeks, and it just didn’t make sense. There’s always next year!
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