|Posted on April 5, 2010 at 12:05 AM|
We are so thrilled to tell you that Kerri is home. Dr. Cantu visited us at our hotel room Thursday night to check on Kerri and answer any final questions. He is an amazing physician and an extraordinary human being – we are so fortunate to have had him lead Kerri through this journey. We had a long day on Good Friday travelling home, but Kerri weathered it, happy to get home. Her wheelchair was slightly damaged during the flight and there was a mix-up with our transportation from JFK airport in New York City to home, but our homecoming was so very, very wonderful! Thank you so much to Michelle, Mary, Jen, Jeanette, Susanne, Jeff, Erin, Nana, Poppop and everyone else for making our homecoming so special.
As we pulled into our driveway at 9:00 (we had been travelling for 12 hours) we were treated to many wonderful surprises. A beautiful garden had been planted across the front of our house with gorgeous flowers, Easter decorations, and a sign that read “Kerri’s home – celebrate!”. Michelle (Momma Weinhardt to our girls) had made our front yard more beautiful than it has ever been, along with the help and company of her Mom, Mary. Erin and her friend Susanne had transformed our back patio into a beautiful spring retreat, cleaning, planting flowers and arranging furniture. Susanne’s Mom, our friend Jeanette, had spring cleaned our house making it feel so very, very wonderful.
Kerri had no idea that Poppop had brought Erin home the day before and spent the night with her so she could be here to welcome us home and greet her sister who she had missed so very much. Nana had also done some spring cleaning the week before, and thanks to Nana, Michelle and Jeanette, clean laundry awaited us. They had spoiled us with baked ziti, macaroni and cheese, and banana bread, along with groceries Jeff and Erin had stocked the pantry with. We were treated to delicious meals and a relaxing weekend to have time to reunite and take care of Kerri.
Erin, Jeff and Jen had transformed our family room into a beautiful bedroom for Kerri since she won’t be able to go upstairs for awhile. Kerri and Kathy cried with tears of joy and surprise when Jeff, Jen and Erin were all there to greet us! Kerri really perked up to tell Jen, Jeff, Erin and Michelle “tales of her journey”. On Saturday night, we were treated to a wonderful visit (and delicious brownies) thanks to Erin’s friend, Danielle, and her Mom, Lynn.
Kerri is having trouble sleeping, not being able to fall asleep until 4 or 5 AM, due to nightmares which are a common occurrence following the ketamine coma. However, she is so very, very happy to be back at home and really looking forward to continuing her recovery. Today she was overjoyed as Jeff and Erin read her the blog from her website, complete with every wonderful comment section. Calls from friends and family since we’ve come home have been music to our ears!
Although we’ve thanked everyone along the way for all of your prayers, kind acts, and well wishes, we want to also take this opportunity to say thank you for all of the financial help everyone has bestowed upon us, to allow us to take Kerri to Mexico for this life saving ketamine coma procedure. We will spend the rest of our lives in awe of your generosity.
Although we probably won’t be writing quite as often, we will continue to update the blog to let everyone know how Kerri’s recovery progresses. This has been the most wonderful, blessed Easter our family could ever imagine!
Happy belated birthday to Kerri's Aunt Amy and happy birthday to Grandpa Tom!