I wanted to share this positive update with you all!
At that time, I was 21 years old and I was near death. I had skin lesions covering my entire body, I was being fed thru a feeding tube, I could not sit up or move my legs. RSD/CRPS had invaded every part of my body and I was in horrendous burning pain, all of the time,
I had no hope, and we had been told by many doctors that there was no treatment that could save me.
Dr. Kirkpatrick restored our hope that day by telling us that he was going to send me to Monterrey Mexico to be a part of the Ketamine coma study. My very last hope for survival.
2 weeks later I went to Monterrey, where due to many twists and turns, I stayed for 2.5 years.
Needless to say, Dr. Kirkpatrick was very shocked to see me now! He didn’t even recognize me! – without any sunglasses, or headphones, sitting up, without lesions or feeding tubes… and about 30 pounds heavier! He was very happy!
Dr. K's 'ladies' (Karen, Mary & Sanela) were also very excited and happy to see me doing so well!
My mom presented Dr. K with his very own “Ketamine bear”, a tradition she began in Mexico, making them for all the other coma patients we met in the hospital!
He loved it!
It’s just a small way of showing our appreciation for the chance that he gave me by sending me to Monterrey to be treated by the incredible Dr. Cantu, whose dedication to my recovery made this a reality!
Through my illness, I have been blessed to experience so many miracles, of various types—but among them all, being led to Dr. Cantu "Dr. Green Shirt" ranks most highly on that list!
He is my hero, my angel and my ‘mexican godfather’. :)
(Be sure to see my special message to Dr. Green Shirt at the end of my 'part 2' video! :)
Dr. Kirkpatrick, thank you for your continued dedication to research for RSD/CRPS and for being a doctor who is willing to treat ‘out of the box’ patients, like myself… even if it means using ‘experimental’ treatments, outside of the country, to restore our hope and give us a future.
The treatment and care that I received with Dr. Cantu in Mexico saved my life, and I am so thankful to every doctor who cared for me and kept me alive long enough so that I could have the chance to be a part of this research study, which for me, was life-saving!
As part of the Ketamine Coma research study, Dr. Kirkpatrick puts together videos of each patient, to provide education about RSD/CRPS and to show the progression of the disease before and after the coma study.
These are my videos. Part 1 is from July 2009, before going to Mexico. Part 2 is from last week!
Part 1- Pre-Coma Evaluation
Part 2- Clinical Outcome
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you HOPE and a FUTURE." ~Jeremiah 29:11~
I am forever thankful to everyone who has been a part of my hope for the future!
MUCHAS GRACIAS!! Que Dios te bendiga siempre!!
In God's love,
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