Monday, December 21, 2009

Merry Christmas from Christie

Hello everyone,
Please know this is going to be a long entry. So much to say about Christmas with Christie. We went to see Christie for Christmas. We got there before she got off the bus from school. We spent our time waiting talking with Chris. He is another resident at FCC. Chris is a young man whom Mama and I have adopted. He calls us Mama and Mam maw like Christie does. We visit with him when we see Christie.
Christie was meet at the bus with her Santa hat in hand. Christie and I have always worn Santa hats at Christmas. We spent a few minutes outside looking at a new born kitten that the mama cat was trying desperately to find a safe spot to put her kitten. They must have been born the night before but it appeared that one had drowned in all the rain that Miami had Thursday night.
We went inside to the " Christmas Party" it was a beautiful but sad event all at the same time. It reminded me of a movie scene set at an orphanage. All of the children were set in a semi circle in front of a table laden with gifts. The gifts where handed out and each child received one gift. They spent a little while looking and playing with there gifts. There was also some finger foods provided for the ones that could eat it. Then the children returned to there rooms or to the hall way and Christmas was over. Christie had a great time. She kept asking " is it Christmas" I would say "yes" and she would say "Is there a present for me?" I said "yes, you have a lot of presents" Christie had a great time opening her gifts.
We where also ecstatic to find out while we where there that Christie is now eating 3 meals a day even at school. They are still pureed but she isn't receiving anything from the feeding tube at this time. If this continues with no problem the feeding tube will be removed at a later time. We where also more happy to learn that all though the surgeons and doctors have said Christie will not walk, CHRISTIE IS WALKING. Christie can walk with assistance half the length of the hall way. Pillar the physical therapist said she was going to surprise us with Christie walking on Christmas day. I know Richard will send us all a video of such a happy and monumental moment as he did when Christie first stood.
After the party we hung out with Christie, had supper with her then tucked her into bed. She was exhausted. She gets up for school about 5 A.M. I think I was told.
Saturday we went back. and spent the day with Christie. We just chilled out. We both drew or colored with her new art set. While she drew I treated her to a day at Mama's Spa. I brushed and braided her hair, shaved her legs and applied a nice smelling lotion that Christie liked the smell of, and I cut her toe nails. It was fun to see her admiring her fresh pampered look. Sometime during that day we watched "second hand lion " on TV. I got up in Christie's bed and she sat beside me in her chair with her feet propped up on the bed next to mine. We also had lunch and supper with Christie.
Sunday we spent most of the day with Christie. We had lunch together. Mrs. Patricia the speech therapist was there. Christie ate very well. After lunch Christie was to have therapy.Mrs. Patricia was going to let Christie chose which kind of chips she wanted. Christie is working on eating crunchy things in therapy. When asked what kind she wanted, Christie raised her hand as in school and said actually I really don't want any I'm full.She made a face like a chipmunk with checks full. It was really funny. Christie is so much like the girl she has always been. There's still pieces missing that will never return but it is awesome to see what is.
The whole weekend was great, It was also great to see Brittany, Christie's roommate before she left. Brittany got to go home Saturday for good. She has progressed enough to where she was able to leave. I look forward to the day when Christie to gets to come home.
I can't wait til the next visit with Christie.

About Christie

I am Becky, Christie's Mom and I want to tell you about Christie. Christie is a beautiful, outgoing, and caring person. She loves outside, turtles, frogs, birds all kinds of animals especially horses. Christie has talked about maybe becoming a vet. Christie was injured in a car wreck on April 19,2008. Christie has a severe globial brain injury where they had to remove the whole left tempral lobe. This blog is to share Christie's story. She is a fighter, and she is making a recovery that no one thought she would.


This is a truly BEAUTIFUL piece. Please Read this at a slow pace, digesting every word and in not hurry... This is a treasure...
>For those lucky to still be blessed with your Mom,This is beautiful. For those of us who aren't, this is Even more beautiful. For those who are moms, you'll love this.
>The young mother set her foot on the path of life. 'Is This the long way?' she asked. And the guide said:'Yes, and the way is hard. And you will be old before you reach the end of it... But The end will be better than the beginning.'
But the young mother was happy, and she would not Believe that anything could be better than these years. So she Played with her children, and gathered flowers for Them along the way, and bathed them in the clear streams; and The sun shone on them, and the young Mother cried,'Nothing will ever be lovelier than this.'
>Then the night came, and the storm, and the path was Dark, and the children shook with fear and cold, and the mother Drew them close and covered them with her mantle, and the children said, 'Mother, we are not afraid, for you are near, and no harm can come.'
>And the morning came, and there was a hill ahead, and The children climbed and grew weary, and the mother was weary. But at all times she said to the children,' A little patience and we are there.'So the children climbed, and when they reached the top They said, 'Mother, we would not have done it without you.'
>And the mother, when she lay down at night looked up At the stars and said, 'This is a better day than the last, for my Children have learned fortitude in the face of hardness.Yesterday I gave them courage. Today, I've given them strength.'
>And the next day came strange clouds which darkened The earth, clouds of war and hate and evil, and the children groped And stumbled, and the mother said: 'Look up. Lift your eyes to the light. ' And the children looked and saw above the clouds An everlasting glory, and it guided them beyond the Darkness. And that night the Mother said, 'This is the best day of all, for I have shown my children God.'
>And the days went on, and the weeks and the months and The years, and the mother grew old and she was little and bent. But her children were tall and strong, and walked with Courage. And when the way was rough, they lifted her, For she was as light as a feather; and at last they came to a hill,And beyond they could see a shining road and golden gates flung wide. And Mother said, 'I have reached the end of my journey. And now I know the end Is better than the beginning, for my children can Walk alone, and their children after them.'
>And the children said, 'You will always walk with us, Mother, even when you have gone through the gates.'And they stood and watched her as she went on alone, and the gates Closed after her. And they said: 'We cannot see her But she is with us still. A Mother like ours is more than a memory. She Is a living presence.......'
>Your Mother is always with you... She's the whisper Of the leaves as you walk down the street; she's the smell of bleach In your freshly laundered socks; she's the cool hand On your brow when you're not well. Your Mother lives Inside your laughter. And she's crystallized in every tear drop. She's the place you came from, your first home; and she's the map you follow with every step you take. She's your first love And your first heartbreak, and nothing on earth can Separate you.Not time, not space... Not even death!