Karing 4 Kerri


Off to a great start

Posted on June 17, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Hi everyone!  Our travels to Monterrey, Mexico went very well yesterday.  Kerri was very sore and exhausted by the end of the day but did much better than we all expected.  She’s one very brave and determined girl (our hero, in fact!).  Our hotel room was very welcoming with some unbelievable surprises left for us from our good friends, Sarah and Jessica.  There was a beautiful Mexican girl doll to watch over Kerri this week, yummy snacks, flowers and even a handmade combination card from Jessica to celebrate Kerri getting well this week and having a birthday next month.  We felt like royalty!

Dr. Cantu came to see us yesterday to talk to Kerri about what is planned for this week and to have Kerri explain about the difficulties she’s been having since August of last year.  I know you have heard us say this before, but he is truly an amazing doctor and such a compassionate person.  We’re so blessed to have him helping Kerri.

Today in the van on the way to the hospital, the driver played some music for us (fellow RSD families, do not worry, it was not too loud) and we drove here listening to one song with lyrics saying “everything is gonna be alright” and next was a tune from the Rolling Stones.  We decided these songs were played for us with a reason – after Kerri gets the surgery for the port and the high dose ketamine treatments, she will be out of the wheelchair and be able to “Move like Jagger”!

She is all settled in back on the 8th floor of Hospital San José.  Many of the staff who have already come in, remember Kerri.  To give you an example of how special we feel, one nurse came in and right away said she likes Kerri’s new haircut and was asking where is Kerri’s little sister?  They have also asked for Kerri’s “bodyguard” Jeff.  Dr. Cantu got Kerri’s IV started in the most comfortable vein on the first try (we’re doing the happy dance) so she’s having a continuous ketamine drip for now.  Surgery to implant the port catheter is scheduled for 2-3:00 tomorrow with about 5 days of high dose ketamine boosters for 5 days after surgery.

Thanks for tuning in and for all of your prayers and well wishes.

Happy Father’s Day!


Kathy, Mark and Kerri

Kerri and Dr. Cantu

Ruth, Kerri, and Sharon at Hospital San José


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Reply Erin
2:35 PM on June 18, 2012 
Mom still knows how to embarrass me from 1000 miles away with that 'moves like jagger' comment. Way to go!
We're all thinking about you up here in Joisey and just hoping Kerri doesn't get herself in too much trouble with the doctors.
How's the food down there so far? Any puree de papas con leche de soya or guayaba ice yet?
Love you all so much and I know this surgery today will be a piece of vegan cake for you, Kerri!
--the daughter that you miss oh so very much
Reply Danielle
1:40 PM on June 18, 2012 
It's such a relief to hear that things are going so well down in Mexico!!! It's awesome to hear that you arrived there smoothly and that Dr. Cantu got Kerri's IV in on the first try! Personally, I know the feeling of being jabbed over and over again after too many failed attempts by amateurs to insert IVs and needles and whatnots into my non-RSD-effected (but seemingly "non-existent") veins.

Anyway, back up north things are rather boring these days: Keith is his normal sassy self, Kelly has been partying ever since graduation, and there have been no earthquakes nor new school scandals (darn.).
Oh, and I'm not sure if you guys knew this but our house was finally torn down about a week or two ago! Whoo!

So that's all for now, but we'll make sure to stay tuned in. And remember: "don't worry 'bout a thing , 'cause every little thing gonna be alright!"

Hoping for a continually successful stay,
Danielle and the rest of the Shuster clan

P.S. I'm liking Kerri's stuffed animal dog from the pictures! Is that the one from the video or something?
Reply Rosemary & John
9:32 AM on June 18, 2012 
Dear Jarvis Family,

Yeah! Thank the Lord for all those blessings and most especially for the amazing Dr. Cantu! If ever there was an argument for stem cell research and cloning, this is it! We need many more of that man, but alas....it is just wishful thinking!

Kerri.....you look so beautiful, despite all the pain you are suffering. I know when you leave Monterrey, you will feel as great on the inside as you look now on the outside. Thank you for keeping us posted on your daily events. Please send regards to the great doc (and Dr. Luis) from us.

We are holding you close in thoughts & prayers and await the post-op report.

All our love,

Rosemary & John
Reply Molly
10:22 PM on June 17, 2012 
What a wonderful post. Praying for everyone. Love you all!