Wednesday, February 20, 2013

another update

A brief update: James' blood cultures (on antibiotics) are negative. This means that, for now, James is no longer septic. On the other hand, James' CT scan shows a worsening of the infection in his lungs. The lung cultures remain negative, but the Transplant Team is not comfortable re-activating James for transplant without more information about the infection in his lungs (based on the CT scan). He had another bronchoscopy to take more cultures. Palliative Care is working with the ICU to help James feel as comfortable as possible. We are so grateful for the genuine and loving care that James receives each and every day.

The Gulf Islands Driftwood has printed another article about James' transplant journey (and his critical need for immediate organ donation). The link can be found on the right of this page. I feel shy about the exposure. The blog feels intimate and personal (even though it is very public). I write for a lot of reasons. I write for the love of words and language, but I also write to document our memories and time together. I write, because it is cathartic, and it helps to process these overwhelming thoughts and emotions. I also think it is important to share our story. We are raising awareness about the importance of organ donation.

There are currently 1,500 people in Ontario waiting for a life saving transplant. One of these individuals will die every three days. One organ donor can save up to eight lives, and enhance the lives of up to 75 more. Think about it. Talk to your friends and families. Register online.


  1. Want to thank you so much for updating us on James. I am in constant worry for him. Praying he gets better.

  2. thank you for the update. sending all healing thoughts james' way, xo

  3. You and James are ever in our thoughts Adena, sleep well tonight safe in the knowledge of the love you share for one another and know for yourself, the comfort that your presence brings to James. Peace

  4. I am glad James is on the road to getting back on the list. Thank you for sharing with us all. Thinking of you both a lot,
    Laura, Nova Scotia