Karing 4 Kerri


En el Hospital

Posted on July 24, 2011 at 6:50 PM

We are very happy to report Kerri is all settled in at Hospital San Jose Tec de Monterrey.  Many feelings came across us all upon revisiting the place where so much transpired last year – some not so pleasant memories but also a reassuring feeling of coming back to the people who know best how to make Kerri well.  The admission was a little different this time because the person helping us did not speak English, but all went well.  It sure is less stressful coming back up to the beautiful views on the 8th floor for elective surgery as compared to last year going straight to the ICU for a coma.  We were welcomed by a warm, friendly staff and were especially happy to reunite with Erika, one of the bilingual nurses who took take of Kerri last year.  Dr. Cantu came by shortly after we arrived and spent over an hour with us, taking the time to “catch up” and working carefully to start an IV access in the least uncomfortable part of Kerri’s arm.  (As fellow RSD patients can greatly appreciate, someone who is able to access a vein on the first try makes all the difference in the world.  After having so many times of needing IV treatments, starting a line is difficult.  She goes through a ritual of drinking many water bottles and using a heating pad to increase the chances of not having to be “stuck” too many times.  Thank you, Dr. Cantu!)


Dr. Cantu explained everything that is expected to happen this week. He started a continuous ketamine infusion today.  Tomorrow she will be taken to ambulatory surgery to have a central IV line inserted.  This will make the rest of the treatments she’ll need this week much easier.  Afterwards, she’ll have a high dose ketamine booster to help prepare her body for the surgery.  The wisdom teeth removal has been moved to Tuesday around noon and should last a few hours.  Then Kerri will have more boosters probably through Saturday.  The plan is that she may be able to go back to the hotel by Saturday night or Sunday.


Kerri is resting pretty comfortably now, except for a little bit of arm soreness from the IV. Everyone is so nice here – even the cafeteria manager said she remembers us from last year.  We got to speak to Sarah and Jessica on Skype and they even helped translate for us with the nurse – we are feeling quite pampered!


Thank you for helping us “keep in touch!”



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Reply molly
9:18 AM on July 26, 2011 
So glad everything is going well. Praying for everyone today. Love, Molly
Reply Christopher Richards
10:00 PM on July 25, 2011 
Good luck tomorrow hon. You'll be in my thoughts and prayers. You'll have to fill me in on zucaritas when you're feeling better. I have no idea what uncle tom is talking about.

Luv ya,
-The Godfather
Reply Tom Richards
7:52 PM on July 25, 2011 
Glad Kerri is doing well and that you had a safe trip. We will pray that everything goes smooth tomorrow and that Kerri will be eating Zucaritas in no time. Theyreeee Great!
Tom and Ellen
Reply karasnoopy@juno.com
4:01 PM on July 25, 2011 
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Thanks for the updates.

Karen, Jack, Daniel and Jessica
Reply Jeanette
2:20 PM on July 25, 2011 
Hi, Kerri: First, a belated Happy Birthday to you. We are thrilled to see your smiles in the posted photos. It sounds as if things are unfolding as expected. We will hold you high in prayer this week as you have your surgery. Keep the blog going, Kathy, we are checking for updates. Meanwhile, enjoy your time in Monterery - we will talk to you soon.
Reply Megan
10:49 AM on July 25, 2011 
Hannah and I miss you guys so much! My thoughts and hopes are with all of you. I am glad your travels were safe and you guys are settling in well. Happy B Day Kerri. Kerri, you are one of the strongest people I know. If the surgery and the treatments help you to feel even better than you have this year, then bring them on kiddo! :)

Much Love!!
Reply Rosemary & John
9:22 PM on July 24, 2011 
Dear Kerri and Family,

So wonderful to see all of you settled in to the "place where miracles happen". We all know that to be true. Kerri, you are in the very best of hands! Dr. Cantu and his team will not let you down. Kathy, Mark and Erin (and Jeff), you are all such a vital support to Kerri and the reason she will continue to recover until fully healed. Make the best of your time there; enjoy the beautiful mountains, the fabulous Mexican foods (yum!) and please have a chocolate covered donut for me! Looking forward to your return already!


Rosemary & John