Karing 4 Kerri


Happy Spring!

Posted on April 29, 2010 at 10:04 PM

Hello and Happy Spring to everyone!  We wanted to update everyone on Kerri’s progress since coming home just before Easter.  It will be 4 weeks tomorrow since we left Monterrey and it has been a busy time.  Much of the time has been spent having Kerri rest to recover, as resuming activities slowly is what is recommended. However, there have also been many appointments to keep up with.  She has gone through 2 rounds of low dose ketamine infusions in Philadelphia.  These are recommended as follow up treatments for the coma and are done 2 days at a time on an out-patient basis.  Kerri also had an office visit with her wonderful neurologist, Dr. Schwartzman, here in Philly.  He was very pleased with how well she has responded to the ketamine coma.  He is sending her to the chief orthopedist at Hahnemann hospital to have her left knee checked, the site that still is giving her problems.  Much of the total body nerve pain is gone!


Last week, Kerri started pool physical therapy which is recommended for the next 3 months (3 times a week).  Experiencing movement in the therapeutic heated pool will allow her to start to bear weight on her legs again gradually without putting too much pressure on her joints.  She is now able to walk for short distances on the first floor of our house without any help.  This is a huge milestone, considering before we went to Mexico she was in the wheelchair almost all of the time and needed a great deal of help to take a few steps.  She is starting to sleep better (insomnia was a problem for awhile after coming home) and has regained some of the hearing loss she had sustained from RSD prior to the coma.  The vision problems she was experiencing from post coma medications are also improving.


We are planning to travel back to the RSD Research Institute in Tampa, Florida next month for Kerri’s follow up appointment with Dr. Kirkpatrick.  Part of participating in the Ketamine Coma Research study entails visits there at 1 month, 6 months, 1 year and 2 years after the coma for follow up studies.  In addition to undergoing the coma procedure as a chance to put Kerri’s RSD into remission, it was also part of an opportunity to help the medical community (and all of us!) learn more about RSD, and hopefully lead to a better understanding, and eventual cure, for this life altering condition.


We will never forget the outstanding medical care and compassion given to Kerri and our family in Monterrey by Dr. Cantu and the staff at Hospital San José.  He is a brilliant physician and a wonderful human being!  We are so happy to be home and are cherishing many of the smaller things in life that often get taken for granted.  This past week Kerri, Erin and I were sitting on our back patio throwing the ball for Hershey, our “bull in a china shop” chocolate lab.  It was the first time she felt up to sitting outdoors, and as we were all laughing at Hershey's antics,  I was reminded how very much we have to be thankful for.  The greatest thing to see and hear these past few weeks has been Kerri's smile and her laughter.  Thank you for Karing4Kerri!


Kathy, Mark, Kerri and Erin



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Reply Klein
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Reply Aunt Mary
8:06 AM on May 13, 2010 
Kathy, Glad to here the good news. I talked to your Mom last week, she keeps me up on things. Belated HAPPY MOTHERS DAY. Love Aunt Mary
Reply Stevens Family
9:58 PM on May 7, 2010 
Hi Kerri & Family,
So glad to hear that you are doing well.
Laughter is the best medicine and something that is a definite sign of taking those "small steps" towards a better life. (Small steps - huge advances (to quote our wonderful Dr. Cantu)!
We miss you here and are so glad to read your update and so glad you got to enjoy the great outdoors.
Hope you continue on your road to recovery.
Stay well and give a hug to your "Ketamine coma bear" for me.
Say hi to all...
In God's love, always,
Sarah Stevens (Jessica's Mom)
Reply Fern
1:30 PM on May 4, 2010 
Hi Good to see that you have made another blog entry to update us on the progress. Yeah! Such good news. Hope the doctor's appointemnt for the knee goes well and that there are some answers there. My husband and children told me that it was my laughter they had missed the most and for months it still brought tears to theri eyes if I laughed at all. It is remarkable how far we all have to come! Praise God she is doing well and the family is doing well. Have a safe travel to Tampa. I will be heading there on the 18th for my follow up as well. Take care and know I think of you all often
Reply Bonnie R.
4:34 PM on May 2, 2010 
Hi everyone,

Just happened to take a look at your blog (I've been doing this from time-to-time since you've been home, and saw that you posted a new blog.

Happy to hear that things are improving. Hope that Kerri's left knee will soon be feeling better, and that her laughter and smile keeps brightening up the room.

Kathie, I'll continue to keep in touch with you, and when Kerri feels up to it, we can meet somewhere for lunch or dinner.

Take care. Bonnie