Olivia had a rough November/ December 2009. She missed almost the entire month of school. She must have suffered another stroke or many strokes between October and December. They are considered metabolic (the body attacking itself) and there is no treatment for it. During December her left hand became very contracted and she kept it balled up like you see in the picture. We had to carry her and feed her. We were starting to prepare ourselves for the decline and look into getting nursing care. Just when we were starting to lose hope, Olivia did one of her famous rallies. She started to perk up shortly before Christmas. So far in January she is doing pretty well and recovering. She is back at school and walking well at home.