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Saturday, December 12, 2009

December 12, 2009

I am so sorry I haven't updated this blog since Thanksgiving. Holli has been in good spirits this week. Her sister, Heather decorated her room with a small Christmas tree and red garland. I am enjoying it since I have decided not to do any decorating at home this year. Since I will not be home but with Holli this year I just can not bring myself to put up a tree at home.
Holli has been sitting up in the chair for longer periods of time this past week. She has tolerated it well. She usually dozes in the chair each day. We are getting her a custom built wheelchair that will give her better lateral support. She has been measured for it but I am not sure when it will be ready. It should help her build up her core strength. She is getting more muscle movement in her right leg. One of our main concerns is her right arm that still has alot of tone in it and she is unable to straighten. She is also making more "sounds" with her mouth instead of nasally when she laughs. She tries really hard at times to speak but it is hard to understand what she is trying to say. We had the Salvation Army and children come by last week to sing carols and bring Holli a Christmas stuff animal. There will be several Christmas activities here the next couple of weeks that I hope to get Holli involved with them. On Christmas Eve Santa will be visiting each room and bringing presents from the Angel Tree. I hope that everyone is enjoying the Christmas season.
Diane

3 comments:

veryscary said...

Dear Diane, Hollis and family,
I'm sure this holiday season is a bitter-sweet time for you all. I hope that you get to feel somewhat festive. I'm glad you get to spend Christmas together as a family, although I would have come carolling in Hollis' room if she were still in San Francisco. Not because I particularly like singing but because I'm pretty lousy at it and would love to see Hollis laugh.
Happy holidays, my thoughts are with you.
- Hilary

Diva said...

Diane,

I know you don't know me but I've known Holi for years. She used to date my brother Andy. I've been watching what's going on very closely since this past winter (Feb right?).

Anyway, please know that my thoughts and love are with both of you and that my whole family sends love. Holli has never left my thoughts. I check in to this blog every few days.

Christmas of 2006, Hollis and Andy came to my house. A friend brought an art car that looked like Santa's sleigh and drove us around the block. I have pictures of the two of us dressed in red with holly and glitter on that sleigh!

Much Love and Merry Christmas.

Amy Abascal

P.S.
If you tell Holli that this is Andy's "twin" Amy, she'll know.

Agent Chaos said...

I have been thinking of you guys so much lately!
I am putting together a care package that should get there by the new years. Hopefully you can read the letter to Hollis for us. The Derailleurs are making a coloring book and Hollis has a pic in there. I will send it when it is done. I am wondering if there is a way to set up a skype account so we can video chat with Hollis? Also, Diane, We want you to think about coming to San Francisco for Mother's Day with Hollis. Crazy idea, but she's lready been on two planes. We are putting on an event honoring Mothers, called The Mom Convention, and we would love to have you there as well. Lemme know what you think.
-Eliza
http://mymomlikesyourmom.blogspot.com