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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.

If you would like to make a contribution to the "Libby Lehman Medical Fund", you may use paypal.com.  Just set up an account with paypal.com and donate to libby.medfund@gmail.com,  or send a check to her sister, Cathy Arnold, at 2220 Stanmore, Houston, TX 77019 for deposit into a special account at JPMorgan Chase Bank.  

Please understand that contributions to CaringBridge "in tribute to Libby" go to support this nonprofit CaringBridge website, not to Libby's medical fund.  Thank you.

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 has been BACK HOME again for almost a year with hubby Lester and professional caregivers. She is currently making great strides in her many therapies, including the completion of the RAMP program at T.I.R.R. Kirby Glen rehabilitation center earlier this year. 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

Sunday - Spring in Winter

Beautiful day but unusually warm for this time of year. Arrived at the Lehman's to discover Libby and Rayleen were at lunch. Cathy was treating them to a delicious lunch at Black Walnut. She said it was "yummy and filling". She was quick to point out her finished puzzle. I applauded her and she took a bow and said "My big accomplishment. I'm proud."

Next we decided to curl her hair. She immediately went into her bathroom and started getting out combs and brushes while I plugged in curling irons. We talked and laughed just like when we were younger and she was getting ready for the high school dances. Such fun. We talked football, fashion, grandkids, etc. Nothing all that exciting to others I guess but it was for for the two of us. When I was through brushing it out and styling she said "Put lots of hairspray on it - I'm from Texas". I had to laugh as she hardly used that much spray before the stroke.

It was an uneventful afternoon but oh so enjoyable. -Sarah

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Mary Stanton
By Mary Stanton, Washington state
Normal days are so special!
Jill Kershner
By Jill Kershner
Sure hope you can join us for the party when the Quilt Guild honors all the past presidents. We're supposed to bring our President's quilt so I've been frantically trying to get it finished (since 1999). The party will be at the morning meeting which is the third Friday in February at Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church. You should have received an invitation by now as I turned in your address. Hope you will be able to join us.
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Minnie Cappel
By Minnie Cappel
Thank you Lord for the wonder of normal days !! Sounds just perfect in every way ! 😊❤️
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Beth Kennedy
By Beth
Picture? Love to see the new "do" :)
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Diane Schultheiss
By Diane Schultheiss
These are the moments we treasure! Enjoy! God Bless
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Carol Baker
By Carol Baker
Crazy weather! Warm in Texas and it is raining and snowing again here in Northern California. So grateful to have a break in the 4-year drought. I'm definitely not going to complain. Love, love, love the wet stuff!!
Your hair styling time sounds absolutely delightful. Nothing better than feeling and looking your best!!
<3
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Sharon Gaffor
By Sharon Gaffor
Sounds like a fun day to me!! We are in the "curl up with a good book" day as it is pouring rain with a little sleet thrown in. Hope there are more "fun" days ahead Libby!!
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Mary Helen Simonson
By Mary Helen in OR
What a lovely interlude. So glad you both got to enjoy one another. I can just imagine how grateful you are to be able to revel in some of those simple pleasures.
Lovingly and Prayerfully,
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Sharon Binter
By Sharon Binter
What fun!
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Sarah Ann Smith
By Sarah Ann Smith
It is the joy in the ordinary that makes life so wonderful!
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