Karing 4 Kerri


Some hurdles to overcome but moving ahead

Posted on July 31, 2011 at 11:43 PM

Hi everyone!  Sorry we didn’t write sooner but the past 24 hours have been a little more difficult.  Last night Kerri started to get pretty severe RSD pain down her left leg and right hand.  We became quite worried that the total body RSD symptoms were all coming back that she had before the coma.  We called the wonderful Dr. Cantu at home and he quickly helped to put us a bit more at ease.  As always, he had a plan.  He had the nurse administer one medication through her IV central line and when that didn’t help much he ordered something else which definitely helped and allowed her to get some rest.  We thought the discharge plan would have to be postponed.  Dr. Cantu told us not to worry that he would keep her at the hospital as long as she needed.  But our prayers were answered and she woke up this morning feeling a little bit better and really wanting to leave the hospital.

We came to the hotel this afternoon.  The trip was difficult leaving her exhausted and not feeling well.  But that is to be expected with all that she’s been through this week.  Thanks to our friends Jessica and Sarah, we had a wonderful driver who really took the time to drive very slowly and carefully.  He had a van where we could just push her wheelchair up a ramp and he secured her carefully staying right in the wheelchair.  I really thing she will start to feel better tomorrow.  She can just rest in bed Monday and we hope to fly home on Tuesday.

Just in case you were curious, we found out that the tooth fairy comes to Monterrey, Mexico!  She left some PESO coins under Kerri’s pillow the night after her surgery.  All sorts of wonderful magic happens here!

Thanks for all of your prayers and wonderful notes to us.  We really appreciate it – love and miss you all!

Kathy, Mark, Kerri and Erin



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Reply Megan
10:20 AM on August 3, 2011 
Hey guys. It doesn't look like my comment for this blog, or, the one before it were posted after I wrote them both. I went on today and I don't see them below. I wanted to let you know that I was following every day and had comments every day. I am so sorry you didn't get to see them.
Reply Bonnie R.
3:22 AM on August 2, 2011 
Just read your most recent blog. Sorry that Kerri was having such a tough time, but it seems that things are definitely looking up. You have many great, supportive friends in Mexico, as well as in the U.S. waiting to welcome all of you back home. Kerri, hang in there! We pray you'll feel much better soon. Have a safe trip home, and looking forward to speaking with you soon.

Love, Bonnie, Allan, and Jackie
Reply Danielle (+ Shuster family)
4:18 PM on August 1, 2011 
Toothfairy? In Mexico? Gee, that would explain why she was too busy the other day to leave a surprise under Keith's pillow! Anyway, we're all glad to hear that things are moving along despite some roadbumps, and once again it's great to know that the people are so wonderful there! Only in Mexico would you get those kinds of accomodations!
We miss you and hope to see all of you soon... Tuesday would be great!

As always, best of luck,
The Shuster Family
Reply Fern
11:07 AM on August 1, 2011 
Hello Kerri and family, glad to hear you are resting in the hotel and that you had a gentle ride on the way there. It seems the roller coaster ride is always there but when help can be more immediate it makes a huge difference! May you rest well, feel God's arms around you and may you have a smooth ride home.
Reply Rosemary & John
7:58 AM on August 1, 2011 
Hola Amigas & Amigos!

So sorry you've had these struggles. Ov Vey! Soon you will all be home and Kerri can recover in familiar surroundings :o) Dr. Cantu will advise you and then Kerri will be cared for by her Philly Guru after you return. Seems there is always at least one bump in the road, eh? Take comfort in knowing you are in God's hands and all will be O.K.; do not fear; He has your back


Rosemary & John
Reply Judy Hopkins
4:21 AM on August 1, 2011 
I'm so sorry to hear about the setback, but thank G-d Dr. Cantu was able to get the flare-up back under control, pretty much before it really began. May that be your ONE AND ONLY setback and that everything else, from here on out, is nothing but smooth sailing. You all will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers daily and I can't wait to see you all upon your return (obviously rest and recovery will come first), but after that I look forward to getting together. Enjoy your time with Jessica and Sarah, what a treat and a blessing spending time with them is, that has come from such a negative situation. I find there's always a silver lining and they seem to be yours, along with the "family" of people you came to know well at the hospital that remembered you and took care of you again this time. All my love and prayers and always and may Kerri be able to sleep and recover with ease, and as your daughter/sister sleeps and recovers, so shall you. Love you all.
Reply Sarah Stevens
3:29 AM on August 1, 2011 
Hang in there Kerri! As they say in Monterrey---Paso a Pasito, which means step by step. With each passing day our prayers are that you will be feeling and better! And you are right---Dr. Cantu is wonderful! So glad we could help you today with the medi-van - it has been our pleasure to help you in any way that we can while you are here in Monterrey for your treatments and surgery. You are all a remarkable family!!!
In God's love, always,
Sarah and Jessica xo