Karing 4 Kerri


Two Good Days

Posted on June 20, 2012 at 10:40 PM

I’m writing tonight through some Mom and Dad tears of joy.  Kerri’s recovery from the port surgery is going really well and she is already showing some signs of improvement tonight after the 2nd day of high dose ketamine boosters.  Her side effects so far are much less than ever before and she was able to really enjoy eating a meal today for the first time since February, when RSD again started affecting her ability to eat without pain.  Just now she was able to walk about 20 feet just barely holding onto the IV pole with her left leg moving instead of dragging and causing her to trip.  This is a first since April!  Dr. Cantu not only spent 2 hours by her bedside today to administer the booster, but also came back this evening to sit down and talk with Kerri about making a plan together for the remainder of her hospital stay and to have her let him know how everything is going.  We are so very, very blessed for Kerri to have the honor of being one of his patients.

We want to wish Nana and Poppop (Kathy’s parents) a very Happy Anniversary today.  As anyone knows who ever been lucky enough to meet them, these are two of the most amazing, considerate, wonderful people in the whole wide world.  They are making Erin feel so special and loved this week and reassuring her that everything is going to work out fine.  We also want to wish a belated happy birthday to our terrific neice, Patricia. Here goes for another Monterrey coincidence. Today during Kerri’s boosters, Dr. Cantu was admiring the picture we have hanging up of Kerri, Erin, Teresa and Patricia.  We were telling him about the work Patricia does with the Seeing Eye Program helping to deliver puppies who will become guide dogs.  A few hours later we read on the blog of another amazing RSD patient, Fern, that she will soon be getting a service dog to help her be able to enjoy life more and become more independent.  Fern lives in Canada, so today we got a chance to converse about service dogs in Mexico, the United States, and Canada.  And Happy Birthday also to Kerri’s good friend, Alexis.  She is one of the first people Kerri ever met when we first moved to Pennsylvania back in 2001, and our whole family has been so lucky to enjoy her company all of these years.  And two more birthday wishes to Megan and Russell!  Megan is Kathy’s goddaughter/cousin is not only a much loved family member but also a one of a kind, caring friend to both of our girls.  Kathy was the luckiest student ever to start college meeting her roommate, Iris,  Russell’s Mom was quickly to become her best friend for life.  Iris, we’ve come a long way since then!

And now for a bit more news to entertain you.  Kerri woke up from her booster yesterday speaking with a Spanish accent and using all the Spanish words she has learned!  The accent disappeared as she woke up more but it sure was delightful!  She is very happy that the lady in the hospital cafeteria has once again sent up a container of the pimiento robusto (spicy pepper) that Kerri loves when here in the hospital.  It turns out Kerri and Dr. Cantu are both fans of pepper!  The woman in the restaurant also made my (Kathy’s) day by telling me I’m making good progress with figuring out the money here in Mexico.

Thank you so much for all of your prayers.  God is definitely watching over Kerri here in the beautiful city of Monterrey.  Thanks also for your comments on the blog – we all love to read them!

Kathy, Mark and Kerri

These are Kerri’s companions watching over her in the hospital: a beautiful handmade Mexican doll from Kerri’s RSD soulmate, Jessica, a very special angel from Jeff’s neice, Gabby, Boo (the cutest dog in the world) from Kerri’s good friend, Yaniv, and of course Jeff the bear who helps get Kerri through when the love of her life, Jeff can’t be right there.


Today's view from Kerri's Room


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Reply Susanne
4:01 PM on June 22, 2012 
I am so glad to hear that everything is going well! My best wishes for you! Tell the 'rents I said hi and I miss them. Boo really is the cutest dog in the world, well other than my derps Sophie, Leo and Callie ;) Keep on trucking, girl! I love you
Reply Megan
1:11 PM on June 22, 2012 
I am seriously hoping this post works. I have been trying to post for days at home. The only thing that posted was my test. Ugh. Please know I have been following. You all have been in my heart and on my mind. I love you so much and I am lucky to call you my family.

I can't tell you the tears of joy I am shedding at all the wonderful news this trip. The kind souls who have touched your lives. And for Kerri. She is my hero.

I think both your uncle and I could have used the ketamine to help us in Spanish class, as I don't think it was either of our best subjects in school. If only I had known. ;)

Thanks for the bday wishes and the amazing things that you wrote about me. Patricia, Kerri, Teresa, and Erin are my friends and the closest thing I will ever have to nieces. I love them all.

My are always in my heart and on my mind.

Come home to us soon!!!

Reply Tom Richards
9:41 PM on June 21, 2012 
Glad you are doing so well. I hope the rest of your trip is smooth sailing as well. If you haven"t already, be sure to enjoy some of the Mexican Frosted Flakes. Theyre Great!
Love Uncle Tom and Aunt Ellen
Reply Shirley Shea
4:57 PM on June 21, 2012 
So very glad to hear that things are going well!!!
Reply Christopher Richards
12:41 PM on June 21, 2012 
Way to go Kerri!!!!! So glad to hear that you're feeling better already, and that you don't have to deal with the side effects being as bad as before. As for waking up and speaking Spanish, let me just say that I'm glad my high school Spanish teacher didn't know about ketamine back in the day. They may have tried using it on me without me knowing.

Love ya kiddo!
Uncle Chris
Reply Bonnie R.
12:05 PM on June 21, 2012 
Glad to hear your good news! We're very happy that the ketamine boosters are working so well, and that Kerri is able to enjoy eating once again. We're looking forward to hearing more good news in your next blog.

Take care. Bonnie, Allan, and Jackie
Reply Judy Hopkins
8:51 AM on June 21, 2012 
I'm so glad to hear how well things are going. I can only imagine how much Kerri is enjoying those peppers, especially after not eating much for almost five months. I'm sure you are all able to sleep a little easier now, knowing that she's okay and that she herself is sleeping peacefully once again. I'm very much looking forward to a leisurely visit, and walk now that it's possible, to the sculpture gardens with you guys once Kerri's recovered. You are, as always, in my thoughts and prayers daily and I hope the rest of your trip goes as smoothly as it has thus far. Oh, and I hope you're getting some good blackmail video of this Spanish speaking Kerri, with the accent of course, to be viewed and enjoyed by all (really just me) at a later date. :-)
All our love and prayers,
The Hopkins family
Reply Rosemary & John
7:57 AM on June 21, 2012 
Wow!!! What an uplifting blog! We are overjoyed to know Kerri is making such rapid progress, but yet...not surprised! In the city of Monterrey, under the amazing Dr. Can-do, all is possible! We look forward to seeing Kerri when you return and guess what? John is making progress also! It is quite possible that when you return, we will be able to make plans to meet at our half-way point! Seeing those mountains makes me wish it were not so far away. One year in the future, we should make plans to return to Monterrey for a vacation; enjoy the beautiful mountains and scenery and people and food and not have to return for any medical treatment. Of course, Dr. Can-do is welcome to join us as our loved ones and we celebrate a life without pain! In the meantime, your stories about the food and the money made me smile. We are there with you in spirit and can see the walls and smell the food! Kerri, just keep up the good work. You may return home without your walker!


Rosemary & John