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Please see the background story below and the subsequent updates under "Journal" for the tragic 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.
Libby was moonwalking with Pia and Bola today! She was leaning forward on the walker while walking slowly backwards - mastering several skills at once! It was beautiful! It is always exciting to see what new things Libby can do each day, but moonwalking? Really? Yes!!!
We are all thrilled that Libby will be entering T.I.R.R. (Texas Institute of Rehabilitation and Research) Memorial Hermann next week, but are sad to think of leaving our friends and fellow teammates at U.P., for perhaps just a while, who knows what the future may bring? We are so Very Thankful for the professional, compassionate, and loving hands who have taken care of Libby and helped her recover in a million different ways. Don't get me started, or I might tear up again, but many of the U.P. staff have told us how excited they are for Libby, too, and her bright future.
Pia and Bola were still working diligently with Libby in PT this afternoon. I just found out today that although Bola was born in Austin, he grew up in Nigeria where he learned both the native language and English in school. He is such a caring individual and so gentle in his handling of all the patients. We have been blessed by both Pia and Bola, and ALL the therapy team. We will miss them.
As I was leaving today the Administrators Kathy and Melissa who run the front office at U.P. told me they would miss Libby and our family, but that there would always be a place at U.P. for Libby if she needed it. Good to know! God bless them all And the new therapists, medical staff, and caregivers we will meet next week at T.I.R.R. ! -ellen