My Camino adventure came to a sudden and abrupt end yesterday. Essentially I developed a serious eye problem which necessitates an immediate return to Canada to determine next steps.
Yes I am finding this extremely hard to accept at this moment however I have so much to be thankful for. The problem surfaced on the day leading to Nyons which was the last day prior to Geneva and the completion of the Via Jacobi...almost anywhere else on the planned 100 day route would have been more serious.
When I really noticed an issue the B&B owner drove me to a medical centre from which I contacted Global Medical Assistance a program offered through my prior employer Great-West Life. The folks there were incredible and contacted a specialist in Geneva and he was waiting for me after a train/taxi ride. Note I waited 3 minutes from the purchase of the train ticket to actual boarding.
The doctor at the Geneva University hospital was extremely competent and compassionate. He diagnosed the problem and it was clear that an immediate change in plans was necessary. He went so far as to say he was sorry to deliver the news that I could not continue...my phone was dead and he used his to talk further to Global Medical Assistance...my last 3 Canadian lapel pins were given to him.
Global Medical Assistance kept working and set up a flight for the next day to get me home.
Dawn (my spouse and best friend) was super supportive when I really needed it and Heather (Dawn's sister) was an immediate source of much needed information as she dealt with her professional colleagues.
Over the next few days I will be focusing on getting well physically and reflecting on the positives associated with a great 3 weeks in Switzerland...how many get to walk over 400 kms. as I had the chance to do. What was not done was not meant to be.
Thanks to all of you for your comments and support during my 17 days...much appreciated.
For my own purposes I am publishing below the Camino blog I was working on when I recognized I had to seek help...it is unfinished and unedited...which seems right to me.
Day 17 (Aug 17) - Allaman to Nyons
|View from room|
Absolutely no dangerous animals today...believe they are gone...did see the following cat whom I thought had a different coat...99.95? sure it is not a leopard!
|Not a leopard|
|Mug shot August 17th|
|A bit boring!|