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Libby’s Story

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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Libby gave so much to so many people.  She needs your support now.

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, a few weeks at home, a return to a skilled nursing care and rehab facility, and thankfully, Libby is now BACK HOME again with hubby Lester and round the clock caregivers. She is currently making great strides in her many therapies, including the recent completion of the RAMP program at T.I.R.R. Kirby Glen rehabilitation center. The road to recovery is a long and uneven road, but Libby is working hard and successfully to regain use of her left side and to overcome some cognitive issues. Thank you so much for your interest, support, and concern. Libby is blessed with so many friends, old and new!

Latest Journal Update

Wednesday - Safe and Sound in Houston

Thank you all who have expressed concern for Houstonians during this bad weather season. While lots of our neighbors have not been as fortunate, all of Team Libby are safe and sound and in dry houses and we are Thankful for that! Today started off with a tremendous thunderstorm and pouring rain, but the sun is shining now and the rivers and bayous are overflowing but flowing! Our prayers and hearts go out to those whose homes and streets are flooded, here and in other parts of the country.
Libby and Lester had a great long holiday weekend in Port O'Connor, in spite of the rain. Libby told me that it was a fun weekend and they "managed just fine". Lester told me today on the phone that Libby is doing more and more for herself and even Insisted that she be allowed to watch television at home alone while he went to pick up pizza yesterday! Glory Be! Lester said he was scared the whole time he was waiting, unexpectedly, for the pizza he had phoned in earlier, but all ended well, and they enjoyed Fuzzy's pizza together at home when he returned. I reminded him it is always scary to "let go of the bike", but that's how you gain your balance, confidence, and ability to ride without help. Libby is "pedaling" as fast as she can! She is going to spend next weekend at our house in Magnolia, and we had fun talking about our plans on the phone today. All I can say is - Thank You, God for all our many blessings!

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Karenina Grun-Louie
By Karenina Grun-Louie
Wonderful news all around. Yay!
Barbara Wenders
By Barbara Wenders
So glad U are all dry and well. Good for U Lester. It takes courage to let go, but we all know Libby can do it! So glad to hear all is well.
Clara Lawrence
By Clara Lawrence
It makes my heart beam knowing that all of you are safe, dry and have a roof over your head. My Mom & Dad and many of my husband's family live in Houston. Mom and Dad's house had water in about 2/3 of it. Not real high, but enough for moving everything out and repairs need to be done. It gives us much relief to know that those we care about are safe. They are doing fine and will be patched up in no time. For now, we roll up our sleeves and put some tunes on and get busy cleaning up. Give Libby and each other a hug from me. Love you!
Betsy Bertram
By Betsy Bertram
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, for today's post. It is very hard to see such devastation and know a friend or loved one is in the area and not know their condition. I pray for all those who have suffered in this flood and thank God for your safety. Blessings.
Sarah Ann Smith
By Sarah Ann Smith
Glad to hear the extended family that is Team Libby is all well, AND that Libby is ever more independent! Yeowza!
Carol Moellers
By Carol Moellers
I am so glad to hear you are all safe. I will keep all those that are experiencing difficulties with the flooding in my prayers. Hopefully the rains will pass soon and a beautiful summer will be on it's way. Sending hugs to all.
alex anderson
Thank you for posting a rain up date - you have all been top of mind in CA
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Holly Casey
By Holly Casey
Amen, Ellen. You have said it so well and expressed what we all are feeling. Great thanksgiving to Lester, the family, all of Team Libby, and the Good Lord for Libby's progress and success thus far. Sending love and good thoughts to you all.
Janet Grosser
By Janet Grosser
So happy to hear that all of Team Libby is high and dry. What a mess we see on the national coverage. Prayers still going up for everyone there. What a wonderful time it seems that Libby and Lester had. That is just fabulous. Oh, and if any of y'all want to send us some rain here in California we won't return it!!!
Diane Kirkpatrick
By Diane Kirkpatrick
Do relieved to hear Team Libby is safe and dry.
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