Why Lola Won’t Be Going to School This Year

Today is the first day of school for kids going to the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ISBVI). Lola would normally be waking up at 5:45 a.m. I’d be trying to get her to eat a little something before her long ride to ISBVI. She’d wait patiently outside, knowing the bus would be coming to pick her up soon. She’d ride with her friends and listen contently as her bus driver, Terri, and bus monitor, Toshua, sang to her. She’d be greeted at ISBVI by familiar faces and welcoming voices. She’d know she was back to her pre-summer routine. But today Lola is sleeping in. We will still rush around because nothing is more chaotic than corralling two young kids in the morning. We will...
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Grateful For This New Normal

“Since these episodes aren’t seizures, that means Lola hasn’t had a clinical seizure since she was a baby,” I said to my husband last night. He agreed and we both sat silent for a minute. Just let that sink in. No clinical seizures in more than five years. How incredibly lucky we are to be able to say those very words. We say clinical meaning seizures that are actually visible. A past EEG showed her to be having subclinical seizures as she was sleeping, but the last two EEGs did not detect those subclinicals. What is most fascinating is that we have no idea what a clinical seizure would even look like, if Lola were to have one. The type of seizures she had as a baby were...
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Let’s Ride, Lola!

You may remember Lola was competing in Friendship Circle’s Great Bike Giveaway for the chance to win a Rifton adaptive bike. Unfortunately she didn’t win a bike through the voting portion of the contest, but because she had at least 100 votes (she actually had over 1200!) she still had a chance to win a bike through the raffle…and she won! We were elated with joy because the outpour of support Lola received from family members, friends, neighbors and even complete strangers was simply astounding. She had so many people rallying behind her to win this bike because they knew the impact it would have on her life. We can’t express our gratitude enough for helping make this dream come true for our daughter. She now has the...
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Lola Needs Your Help!

Dear Friends of Say Hola Lola, One year ago, someone told me about Friendship Circle’s Great Bike Giveaway because she thought Lola would be a good candidate to win an adaptive bike. Well at that time Lola was so close to being able to push the pedals of her small Radio Flyer tricycle that I honestly didn’t think she would need an adaptive bike. I let the idea go. Yet here we are one year later and, unfortunately, Lola still doesn’t have the hang of pedaling a bike. She needs help. She needs help that can only be given to her through the use of an adaptive bike. At school she has an opportunity to ride an adaptive bike which she loves and is able to do so...
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Holiday Happiness

Creating a memorable Christmas takes a lot of work. With each Christmas that comes and goes, it seems even more work goes into making the holiday magical, but in all honesty, I love each and every minute of it. With each passing Christmas comes new memories created with traditions that Rob and I are putting into place. As I sit here looking through pictures from the last month, I’m reminded just how special we try to make it for our children. And part of me can’t help but wonder if we aren’t making it special for ourselves as well. Perhaps we are trying to re-create a feeling we miss from our own childhoods. I’ll probably say it year after year, but this Christmas was my favorite thus far...
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