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Sometimes the Christmas cheer is tough.

Today at the standard new-patient meeting at Baptist, the social worker told Sandy that three adults and a toddler in Alice's room for Christmas is "too much."

Also, she told her the lounge we had reserved through another social worker had actually been given to someone else.

And that we couldn't use the beautiful huge lobby with its three couches and two overstuffed chairs and amazing tall tree, because "people need to sit there."

But after I gave Sandy a pep-talk, she picked herself up and talked to the secretary in the lobby, which has been empty every single time we have seen it. The secretary said she didn't see why we couldn't use one of the couches - it's a public place, after all, so anyone can use it. So that's what we will do. We're going to do stockings and Santa gifts in Alice's room, then when someone is available to help her stand up and get into the wheelchair, we will wheel her to the lobby and I'll put all the presents under the tree and we'll have a regular Christmas. We're bringing music and food and cheer.

It's going to be great!

There *is* an automatic door there that opens right out into the parking lot, but hopefully Katie Beth will be far more interested in presents than in exploring.

I cannot wait to see her reaction when she opens her giant Mickey present - and when she opens the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse that Alice got her!! It only took me an hour or two to put that together...

Here's hoping she likes the teddy bear and alligator that Santa got her. I'm a little afraid she wants the giant ones that live in the grocery store.

And then a couple days later she's getting a horse she can ride!

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