Laurel Hotelling Doing Well
What a difference a year makes.
Last year at this time, Laurel Hotelling couldn’t walk and faced a number of health challenges. Between July 2012 and June 2013, Laurel underwent 11 separate medical procedures, nine of which involved her heart. Several times her parents, Elaine and Wayne, rushed with Laurel to get her into a hospital in Buffalo; several nights saw the Hotellings try to catch some sleep sitting in chairs, either in Laurel’s room or the hospital lounge, waiting for news about their oldest daughter.
Eventually, her doctors figured out what was wrong with Laurel. First, they took her off of statins, the drugs Laurel took to reduce her cholesterol levels. The effect was immediate.
“It’s amazing,” Wayne said. “Within 24 hours, she could put some weight on her legs. Within two or three days, she was able to walk.”
Last June, Laurel received a pacemaker, and this regulated her heart rate. She also began working with a nutritionist and endocrinologist who altered Laurel’s diet; the result is that her diabetes is now under control. “She hardly gets any insulin at all,” Wayne said.
Her family is greatly relieved that Laurel’s health is back on track. She’s enjoying her job at The Resource Center’s Work and Employment Center in Dunkirk, and she’s having a great time in her group home.
“Things have just improved immensely,” Wayne said. “It’s just so great to see her back. She’s as healthy as we’ve seen her in a long, long time.”
Elaine and Wayne created Laurel Run in 1997 in honor of Laurel and all of her friends at TRC’s Dunkirk Work Center. Laurel Run celebrates the potential that exists with everyone, and underscores the Hotellings’ belief that people with disabilities can accomplish great things, if given the opportunity.