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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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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 professional 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

Sunday, November 22, 2015 - Busy Time of Year

   Lots has been happening at the Lehman house, but also at the "Journal Writer's" , her sisters' , homes.  So please forgive us for the long stretches between journal entries.  The good news is that Libby continues to become more and more independent every day.  Yea!
    Yesterday I arrived at Libby's to bring her, Clara Lawrence, and caregiver, Rayleen, some turkey sandwiches and Chinese chicken salad for lunch.  Sweet Clara was buzzing away with Libby on Libby's sewing machines in her studio upstairs.  Clara had driven in that day from her home in Elgin, Texas (several hours away from Houston) to help Libby with some sewing fun.  Libby very much appreciated Clara's cheerful company and help.  They didn't work on a specific project, just some practice and fellowship.
   Libby isn't able to thread the machine or change the bobbin yet, but she can do a straight stitch as demonstrated in Ricky and Justin's video.  Baby steps, baby steps…  Thank you so much, Clara, for your kindness yesterday and for all that you have done for Libby, especially your incredible "Inspired by Libby" fundraiser.  What a dear friend!
   After lunch Libby and I worked on a project of wrapping individual Christmas tree ornaments (tiny Rice owls) for each of her extended family members.  This is tradition that Libby has done for decades.  She was able to sign all the gift labels and to  group the gifts by families.  Well done, Libby!   Libby seemed very happy to have finished her projects and to return to watching some football with Rayleen.

Here's an e-mail that Lester wrote earlier this week about some testing that Libby did to enable her to resume some therapies in the near future:
     "‎Two neat things happened during Libby's speech evaluation. She was given a battery of tests - mostly simplistic which she mostly aced.  It took about 30 minutes. About half way through, Julia, the therapist, said LIbby, I am going to read you a short story. "A lady goes to the grocery store. She buys a turkey, some milk and checks out. As she is leaving, her billfold falls out of her purse. A young girl finds her billfold and returns it to her and she is elated.". She then asked LIbby can you tell me about the story. Libby, almost verbatim,
repeated the story. About 15 minutes later at the end of the 30 minute test, she asked LIbby if she remembered the story about the lady going to the grocery store. Libby said yes and retold the story (she forgot the milk) but included all the other details. As we all know, Libby's short term memory has been lacking but this was great. It might be the Donepizzel (the alzheimer drug for short term memory loss that Dr. Maggett prescribed for her is starting to work) but this was something that I had never seen her do before.  

Last week I put a bill out that I needed to pay on the kitchen cabinet. The next morning it was gone. Libby will throw things away or put them somewhere and can't remember what she did with it. I asked her  if she had done something with it. She walked over to the ‎cabinet across from the marble counter top, opened a drawer and handed me the bill. I couldn't believe it. Your right, Ellen, things are still improving!! Thank the Lord!!"

We have so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.
Cathy Arnold


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Flavia Rousu
By Flavia Rousu
We truly give thanks for all of you: Libby, Les, Lester, your extended family, medical teams, caregivers, friends, and fans! You all are an inspiration to thousands of people around our planet! We all wish all of you a most wonderful Thanksgiving and upcoming Christmas season of joy. We continue to be thankful and glad for every day the Lord has made. Your friend in Washington state, Flavia
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Lori Harris
By Lori Harris
Amazing! Libby continues to amaze with her progress! So happy for Libby and all her family & friends! Really, happy for all of us that have had an opportunity to have met her or be touched in some way by her amazing talents, humor and sweetness. Each day is a blessing! Happy birthday belatedly!
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Janet Grosser
By Janet Grosser
Always forward! Congratulations Libby on so many jobs well done! You inspire us all!
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Holly Casey
By Holly Casey — last edited
Libby is teaching once again. Through her step by step progress, she reminds us all that it is for the little things that we should always be thankful and not to overlook them. Very thankful for Libby.
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