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October 20, 2008

They’re RSD pain free, and they walked!

Filed under: Uncategorized — brandyupdate @ 9:32 pm

Yesterday’s blog wasn’t too upbeat, but I bet this one is!

When we got to the girls’ room this morning, Dr. Rohr was in there chatting with them.  The girls were all excited – they had walked!  The physical therapist had come earlier and had done some exercises with them, and gotten them out of bed and helped them walk.  We asked Dr. Rohr what we could ask or say (because we had been told not to mention pain, RSD, etc.), and he said that since the girls are wide awake now, it is okay to discuss things fully.  So, the first thing we asked is, “Do you have any RSD pain.”  Both girls said “no!”  They have lots of aches and pains, and Dr. Rohr said that is normal.  So, they are RSD-pain free and they can walk!

Dr. Rohr was very impressed with their progress, and said that their IVs and catheters could come out.  (Were they ever happy about that!)  He said that if all went well today, they can go back to the hotel tomorrow or Wednesday.  He wants them to stay at the hotel for 1-2 weeks to be sure all is well, but they are well enough that they don’t have to stay in the hospital during this time!

Thing did go well today.  The girls ate and kept everything down, and both walked to the bathroom (with assistance) several times.  Keep in mind that just walking to and from the bathroom wore them out, but hey – they walked!

Brandy’s foot is still turned in a little.  Dr. Rohr said that she’ll need an orthodic in her shoe while her muscles build up, but that it should resolve itself over time.  She’ll need physical therapy, especially things like a bicycle and work in a swimming pool.  She will have to progress slowly – it make take months for her to be walking any distance without assistance.  But she can walk!  And no RSD pain!

Did I mention that she walked, and has no RSD pain?  Both girls.  Amazing.  Outstanding.  Wonderful.  We can’t tell you how elated we are!  It feels like the weight of the world has been lifted off of us, and we have our girls back.  Or, perhaps more accurately, the girls have their lives back.

It will still take a lot of work on their part to get back up to full speed, but if I spell all of this out now, there won’t be anything to write in upcoming posts.


Brandy walking - October 20, 2008.

Brandy walking - October 20, 2008.

Elizabeth walking - October 20, 2008.

Elizabeth walking - October 20, 2008.



  1. I have goose bumps!!!! This is fantastic and I bet you were walking on air. You go girls and it’s all downhill from here. Lots of hugs to you both. Gordy and Lisa, don’t let yourselves get worn out. Rest when Brandy does because you’ll have to keep up with her!


    Comment by Betsy — October 20, 2008 @ 10:07 pm | Reply

  2. You guys are troopers! I’ve just had the chance to visit the website and I’ve read all the blogs and I am so impressed with how hard you’ve been working while seemingly in good spirits. I’m still trying to get my head around the idea of Lisa being Mountain Dew free while being a passenger in a car. I can not wait to see Brandy at the beach in August! Jane.

    Comment by Jane Wills — October 20, 2008 @ 11:26 pm | Reply

  3. Adam and I were so happy when we got your call today telling us about Brandy walking. I’m glad things are going so well. I’m also very glad that the three of you got to see the wedding. Tell Brandy and Elizabeth congratulations and keep up the good work! Love you all! ~Kersten Sachs

    Comment by Kersten — October 20, 2008 @ 11:34 pm | Reply

  4. […] read about Brandy’s Ketamine treatment for RSD in Germany written by her awesome parents Lisa and […]

    Pingback by Brandy Sachs is RSD Pain Free Today | RSD Heroes — October 21, 2008 @ 12:55 am | Reply

  5. This is great news about Brandy!
    Best wishes and congratulations to Brandy and Elizabeth.
    They are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Comment by Emily — October 21, 2008 @ 12:59 am | Reply

  6. So happy for all of you, what a TERRIFIC outcome! It’s been very interesting and inspiring to have been following the story for the past two weeks. Glad to see that it was all worth it, I hope that Brandy continues her speedy recovery and continues to stay free of RSD pain. Best of luck during the rest of your time overseas; have a safe trip back home!

    Comment by Dave Bury — October 21, 2008 @ 4:57 am | Reply

  7. Way to go Brandy & Elizabeth !!!! What a happy day. Watch out – ’cause nothing’s going to stop our girl now !!!

    Be sure to continue to go sightseeing – now with Brandy with you – while you have the opportunity. Let’s see who gets tired first 🙂

    Hugs & kisses to all of you.


    Comment by Gayle Meadows — October 21, 2008 @ 12:33 pm | Reply


    Excellent, wonderful news!


    Comment by Erica — October 21, 2008 @ 12:52 pm | Reply

  9. WOW! What wonderful news. I am so happy for all of you. Best wishes and continue to hang in there.

    Comment by Lisa Williams — October 21, 2008 @ 5:36 pm | Reply

  10. SOOOOOO WONDERFULLLLLL!!! These are the words we’ve been waiting for!! We are all tears and smiles—-all of it joyful.

    The road ahead looks bright. Can’t wait to hear about your adventures over the next week. Just watching Brandy walk will be the biggest adventure of them all.

    Love you guys,
    Pat and Walt

    Comment by Pat and Walt — October 21, 2008 @ 6:46 pm | Reply

  11. Wow! What great news! I am so happy for all of you and will continue to keep you in my prayers.

    Gordy – Thanks for keeping us up-to-date with the blog. It is so nice to be able to check and see that ya’ll are doing okay. 🙂

    Take care,


    Comment by Pamela Thomas (GWJeff) — October 21, 2008 @ 7:39 pm | Reply

  12. Gordy,

    This is great news!! We both are very happy for everyone!


    The Davidson/O’Connor Family

    Comment by Tim Davidson & Maureen O'Connor — October 22, 2008 @ 3:50 am | Reply

    Brandy keep up the great work. We both are very happy for you.

    Tricia & John Carnegis

    Comment by Tricia & John Carnegis — October 25, 2008 @ 8:30 pm | Reply

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