Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Larry Likes Lyndhurst

Last Friday Larry Boy went to Lyndhurst to visit Holly.

Holly couldn't wait for him to sing one of his "Silly Songs".

Larry didn't disappoint. When he started singing the "Lip Song", Holly burst out laughing. Her brother Brock and I joined in.

It was SOOOOOO good to see Holly laughing although it seemed like it hurt for her to do so.

If you haven't caught on to what we were doing, I took several Veggie Tales DVD's to the hospital for Holly to enjoy. The Silly Song that goes like this:

"If my lips should leave my mouth
Pack their bags and go down south
What would I do?
What would I do? ...

had been running through Holly's mind for quite some time and when we heard really made us all laugh.

Here's the latest update from Holly's father, Ken:

Sorry it has been some time since I gave you an update on Holly’s condition.

God is answering prayers! Holly’s recovery is progressing but very slow. She is feeling good, is mentally sharp, and continues to have a positive outlook. Her rehabilitation is being hampered and limited by the serious wound on her backside where she had surgery. This wound is slow to heal and the plastic surgeon told us a week or so ago, that it may take another two months before it is completely healed. This restricts Holly’s time spent in a wheelchair as she can only sit in the chair, for approx. 1 hour per day, therefore gets only one hour a day of Physio. Just a couple of days ago she finally had the cast removed from her left leg and we had bitter sweet news! Holly can actually move her ankle! This was very exciting news, but the surgeon who had done the surgery, soon brought us back to reality. The break in Holly’s ankle was in an area that receives very little blood flow, thus making the healing process slow and also iffy. The surgeon said that there is only about a 50-50 chance of this break healing properly. If it does not, the alternatives are bone graft, or fusing the ankle. As you can imagine this was rather devastating news as we just saw Holly move her one ankle (her right ankle has no movement) and now we hear that it only has a 50% chance of staying that way and may ultimately have to be fused. This would seriously affect her ability to learn to walk again. PLEASE PRAY that her ankle will continue to heal and that she will continue to have the use of it as this is a critical step toward her ability to learn to walk again. This week Holly will be fitted for her own personal wheel chair, which she is actually kind of excited about as there are many options to personalize it, including color. Who knows what she will come up with as Holly has always been one to “push the envelope” a little.

Please also pray that Holly will maintain her positive outlook, as this means so much for her healing process.

Thanks for your continued Prayerful support!

Ken, Gail and Family

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