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Today is Constitution Day in Mexico, or "Dia De La Constitucion". It is a Patriotic Holiday here in Mexico.
Traditionally Mexico has celebrated the anniversary of its constitution on February 5th every year, however current Mexican labor law, effective 2006, now establishes that the Mexican Constitution be honored as an official holiday on the first Monday of February, regardless of the actual date. It is one of Mexico’s "Fiestas Patrias" or Patriotic Holidays.
Mexico has had several constitutions during the course of history since its independence from Spain in 1810. These are the Constitution of 1824, the Constitution of 1857 and the Constitution of 1917, which is currently in effect. It was drafted during the Mexican Revolution (1910-1921) and officially adopted as the Mexican Constitution on February 5th, 1917.
Special thanks to Barbara for bringing over some homemade sandwiches and muffins. It was good to have something different than hospital food. Also, special thanks to Sylvia who came by with a few items that were needed. Both of these woman are from the Union Church here in Monterrey! They have become my friends and "prayer warriors"! Thanks!
Yesterday a new patient, Elana, from Florida, was put into the ketamine coma in the ICU. It will probably be at least 7-10 days before we see her up on the 8th floor of the hospital. I met her husband Lance and her Mom the other day. They seem like a very nice family. I offered my translating abilities to them and any other support I could possibly offer. I remember what it was like when we first arrived. You are full of so many emotions - scared, excited, worried - but most of all - HOPEFUL! May God bless Elana during these days in the coma.
Also, a former coma patient that we have come to know very well - Fern Kwantes - is due to arrive here on Feb. 4th. May God bless her travels from Canada as she returns for necessary ketamine boosters with Dr. Cantu.
Yesterday, Jessica received another ketamine booster with Dr. Cantu. These boosters are a necessary component in that they help with reinforcing the original coma and also, for Jessica, they help with the pain that she is experiencing and to keep any more lesions from reappearing. Dr. Cantu has called Jessica the Queen of Ketamine in that she requires a large amount ( 1g over 2 hrs.!) We thank God everyday for Dr. Cantu and we pray for God to keep him safe and well. There are days when I don't know how he does it all - he is tireless - and simply amazing! God has truly blessed Jessica with very special doctors these past 4 years!
On another note - we would like to say congratulations to the Lyme disease documentary called "Under Our Skin" and its producer Andy Wilson. It is currently one of the 15 contenders that were nominated from a field of @90 documentaries for an Oscar. Please pray that it makes it to the top 5 in that category and that it ultimately wins the award for Best Documentary! If this happens, it will help to raise awareness about Lyme disease and the effects that it has on those suffering with it, as well as the enormity of this illness as well and the devastation that just like RSD, it can cause! Also, an article about it is currently being featured in People magazine - Feb. 8th issue. The hopes is that thru awareness with documentaries and articles such as these, we too can find a cure and help people get the proper treatments that they need for Lyme disease!
Remember this - As with Jessica's journey - and anyone's journey through their illnesses and trials in life --- We must thank God for his love and protection and know that ultimately every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation! God is in control! God bless you all!
In God's love,
Today and Tomorrow,
"Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying: "THIS IS THE WAY, WALK IN IT". Isaiah 30:21
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