Please see the background story below and the subsequent updates under "Journal" for the tragic and amazing story of Libby Lehman's stroke and her ongoing recovery. The family so appreciates your comments and concern.
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On April 30, 2013, Libby had a ruptured aneurysm in her doctor's office and she was rushed to Memorial Hermann Hospital. Lester had taken her to the doctor's office because she had suffered severe headaches for a few days, starting in Paducah, Kentucky at a quilting conference. The following day she had a 7 hour surgery to clip the aneurysm. Several days later she suffered a stroke and vascular spasms and required additional surgery. Updates on Libby's progress are in the "Journal" section, including her many months in hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities, and recently - her return home, with ongoing care and therapies. Thank you so much for your interest, support, and concern. Libby is blessed with so many friends, old and new!
Libby took a field trip to Magnolia, Texas today to see our "new" house and visit with the family. This was her first opportunity to see the house we moved into last July, when Libby was having a very rough time and therefore, so were those who love her.
What Joy I felt to be able to pick Libby up with her kind caregiver Tiffany's help, and we hit the highway headed west and north of Houston. (It also felt good to know that her darling menfolk could get a little break for a few hours from their diligent caregiving endeavors.) On the way Libby was enthralled with the changing scenery as the view changed from city dwellings to country pastures and deep woods.
About half way there Libby requested, "tell me about the house", which is an especially relevant question from someone who likes to watch home improvement and house hunting television shows as much as Libby does. I described the house and two acres as best I could, and the parts she found most interesting were the bedrooms we had painted a dream-sickle color and bright light blue, changing them from drab dark maroon and gray-ish slate blue. (She approved of the changes when she saw them later.)
When we arrived, my hubby Bill, two grandchildren Carlee and Cameron, daughter Susan, son-in-law Ron, and our two dogs (Rocco, a Boston terrier, and Shadow, a lab) all greeted us at the door. Libby had hugs for all, (except the pooches - who didn't seem to notice). After a tour of the house, we all sat at our long dining room table and gave Thanks for the delicious lunch prepared by Bill and the grandkids and for all our many Blessings! Later we cleared the table and got down to some serious dominoes, playing an old favorite of our Mimi's - the Chicken Foot game.
Libby did not really remember or snap to the gist of the game, but with a Lot of help from Susan and a little luck, the two of them managed to win the first round. However, when the game was done the newcomer Tiffany won the overall score, and she was so excited that we were all tickled for her! We all enjoyed the socializing and kidding around, and it seemed like all too soon it was time to head back to the big city.
After hugs and kisses all around, we started the long drive home to the Lehman hacienda. On the way we thought Libby might rest her eyes, but she was too busy taking in the scenery and changing the radio channels to find her favorite country western station. However, it wasn't long after we got to the Lehman home that Tiffany helped Libby transfer from Franklin to the living room sofa, and when we covered Libby with her favorite soft blanket she looked up and said, "sweet dreams". I don't think I made it out the front door before she was snoozing peacefully. I hope she dreams of many other field trips and adventures in her future; I know I will tonight. With humble Thanks, Ellen