January 9, 2008
Mr. A. Herman,
I find the news you share unnerving, to say the least. Before Chelsea's incident with her step-sister, we found that she responded quite well to her medications... Haldol, I think it was called? Is she still using this drug?
For how long has Chelsea refused to speak? I only remember her doing this once before, after the particularly traumatic divorce of our parents, and our mother's subsequent decline into her own mental health issues. At the time, Chelsea was four, and she seemed to feel that our parents' separation was her fault. She was constantly agitated, and persistently silent. I couldn't get her to respond to me in any way. She would not allow me to feed her, to clothe her, to put her in the tub... and always, she would not speak. I used to hold her in my arms and sing to her at night, a lullaby I've sung since she was born. One day she told me to sing it again, and the next day she let me feed her breakfast. She improved very slowly, but after that she did improve. Do you think it would be helpful for me to visit Chelsea? Is this allowed?
Thanks for your time,
Frances R. Francolini
P.S. Please find enclosed a cassette tape. On it you will hear my rendition of Angel's Lullaby. If you think it will do her good, please play this for Chelsea.