Monday, February 15, 2010

Infusion Day

I was feeling a little over-blogged that last day or so, not to mention there had not been much new news to report.  In addition, I found some random live tv streaming video site on the internet and spent the last two nights watching the NBA all-star game events.  It was definitely worth all the viruses and spam that I probably infected my computer with in order to download the required software.  Especially, considering Dwyane Wade won the MVP.  I'm not worried, one trip to the Apple store and all my problems will go away.

As I write this, Elana is about 20 minutes into a ketamine infusion treatment.  This infusion will take about 2 hours and will wipe Elana out for most of the day.  This is standard protocol for Coma patients.  Usually, the day before the patient is released from the hospital, Dr. Cantu will administer a booster infusion to help remind the brain that it needs to shut off the pain alarm.   It is not enough to injure the RSD, we must keep beating on it until it is in full submission.  At least that is the hope.  Elana will probably have another 6 or so infusions over the next 3 months in order to keep the RSD at bay.

We are so close to leaving I can smell it.  Tomorrow morning, Elana will be released from the hospital and after a night of rest in the hotel, we will fly back home on Wednesday.  For all the right reasons, I am looking to retire my blogging jersey very soon.


  1. Loving that we are so close to a new beginning and the next step! I am so ready to have you both home in Miami as I know you feel the same way. Sending love and strength as always!

  2. PLEASE keep posting! I know you don't know me, but I've just been so MESMERIZED by Elana's story. I feel this blog (and sharing your trials through the enduring past few years in dealing with this) has *really* opened my eyes to a disease I didn't know existed. If someone told me they had RSD and was "in pain," I likely would have discounted it prior to reading Elana's story.

    Now, however, I realize this is a VERY difficult issue, and the FDA needs to allow research to go forward in finding a cure/treatment. (Making the comas more affordable to those who need it!)

    Also, I'm sure you've been told this, but on the show "House," they put him into a ketamine coma (in the STATES, which I now know would never happen) to eliminate his leg pain. Interesting that I saw that episode many years ago and made the connection to it after hearing Elana's story.

    Anyway, please keep those of us who don't know you IRL posted on how her recovery is coming. I have her fullest recovery in my nightly positive meditations.

    Good luck to both of you!

  3. Great news! Can't wait to see you all. please let us know what we can do for you guys upon your teturn. Peace & Love (and good health), Jill

  4. Dear Elana *~* I am writing to let you know I am thinking of you and your family (Lance & Jesse) I am hoping all is well and that you will soon return home to be with your family and be able to move on with your life happily and healthy as well. I am praying every night that the treatment you are enduring will help you gain strength and health back. I wish you nothing but the best and love you and think of you and hope you are doing well..

    *~* With Lots of Love, Jennifer Jamison *~*

  5. YAHHHOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!! What fabulous news! ! Each day is a step towards better and i'm so grateful because NO ONE deserves is more than Elana!! Get her home so I can fricking talk to her already!! love you! Amy

  6. Good to hear the news. We will continue with our prayers especially for a safe trip home and a speedy recovery. I know you'll have experience a tuff situation and one that most people could not handle with such strength. One day; I know that Elana will enjoy reading all of her journey in Mexico with your blogs. Your writings have inspired many people. and Yes it is probably time to retire the blog- please let us know how things go- back at home. Tell Elana the Circus will be back very soon....
    Vivian and Alvaro

  7. Being able to go home always sounds so good. I am looking forward to reading about that one!

    Best wishes to your family.


  8. Lance,

    Thank you again for keeping us all "in the loop" through this process. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers each day. I'm so excited for you both to be back home - with Jesse (who is SO cute) and in your own home.

    Much love,

  9. Please keep us posted. I can imagine the blogging about Elana can be laborious at times, but know there are many of us reading every night in the hopes to read about a good day that Elana has had and to know exactly what next step we should be praying for. I think of you and Elana and your family often and pray that this is behind you all soon. I look forward to the day when I can follow Elana's happy and healthy life on Facebook instead of this blog!

    Peace and Love, Deana (high school friend of Hilary)

  10. How did the booster go yesterday? Good, I hope.

    You must be very excited about being able to go home again. To hug your little guy and catch up with family and friends. Although the flight was difficult for me, I was so happy to be going home to my children as well.

    May you have a safe trip home and I look forward to any more updates on how you are all doing. Give me a call when you get a chance.

  11. Elana and I met once long ago via our fabulous mutual friend Riggs! I have been following along with this amazing story and have been so touched by the strength of your whole family. Such wonderful news and best wishes for a speedy recovery! Best wishes to all of you!
    -- Jessica

  12. Amazing that you are coming close to the end here for this huge step in the treatment process.

    You both have gone through so much I can't even imagine.

    Looking forward to speaking and catching up when you are stateside. Good luck with the last 24 hours and please let me know when is a good time to speak.

    Love - JD

  13. HI Lance and Elana:

    I just found out that you were down in Mexico and I wanted to send my love and support for both of you. I read the entire blog last night with tears in my eyes and I cannot stop thinking about you and your family. I pray that the treatment works and you can all move on in your lives. My thoughts are with you. Much love, Sandi Hodes

  14. E-La-na! E-la-na! E-La-na! E-la-na! E-La-na! E-la-na!

    And the crowd goes wild!