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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, and recently a return to a skilled nursing care and rehab facility after a bout with an infection in the hospital. She continues moving on an uneven road to recovery 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!

Latest Journal Update

Thursday - Red Letter Day

Today was a Red Letter Day at U.P., where Libby excelled in PT with Pia, who told Lester that Libby is progressing faster than she expected - Always good news! Pia is working with Libby on walking backwards, finding a chair, reaching for it, and then sitting down "like a lady." I got there in time to observe a little of the PT time, and I agree that Libby is making amazing progress and trying to do her best with vim and determination!

Yesterday Libby also had a good day at TIRR with physical and occupational therapies. However, Tiffany said Libby was tiring near the end until Tiffany promised a Sonic stop on the way home if Libby would push through to the end. Libby smiled and said, "Good Motivation", and picked up the pace on her stacking and re-stacking exercise.

As we were going down the hall at UP today we saw Louise (the head of all UP therapies and rehab), and she told us that Libby was progressing beautifully, as demonstrated by Libby's improvement on a Cognitive test which speech/cognitive therapist Amy had given Libby. Several months ago Libby could not even focus to take the test, but when Amy administered it about two weeks ago, Libby scored 12 out of 30 points. This morning Amy administered the test again and Libby did even better - wait for it... 20 points this time! Louise was all smiles, and so were we!

I had planned on taking Libby and Tiffany out to lunch, but by the time Libby finished her therapies she was "famished and tired" so I promised a "raincheck" on lunch for another day. As Libby dove into her lunch in the dining room downstairs at UP, Amy showed up to tell us the good news about Libby's cognitive test. We let her have the fun of telling us again before we admitted that Louise had already spilled the beans. It was certainly the kind of news you can enjoy all over again a second time. As we were congratulating and encouraging Libby, she spouted out a few more answers to the test. Amy smiled and said, "Now you remember, Libby, - that would have been two more points". Libby just laughed with the rest of us. What a great day of Blessings!

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Diane Schultheiss
By Diane Schultheiss
Love vim and vigor! Keep up the good work and you all are in my prayers! God Blesd
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Linda Usher
By LLU
WOW! Pats on the back, hi-5s, way to go! Good news all across this land!
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Heidi Lund
By Heidi Lund
GOOOOOOO LIBBY!
I think that score will be close to 30 in no time at all! We are all rooting for you.
Hugs!
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Diane Kirkpatrick
By Diane Kirkpatrick
More happy news...I just love it!!!
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Minnie Cappel
By Minne Cappel
Happy, happy news ! Libby continues to amaze us all !
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Su Scott
By Su Scott
Libby.... leaps and bounds.... awesome! You go girl! hugs!!! su '-}
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Suzanne Shepherd
By Suzanne in Phoenix
Wow, what fun and exciting reports the past couple of days. I might just have to head over to the nearest Sonic and get a limeade to celebrate Libby's super progress! Thank you, Lord, for so many answered prayers.
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Janet Grosser
By Janet Grosser
And the blessings keep coming! What a wonderful day indeed. Libby just never ceases to amaze!
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Carolyn Higgins
By Carolyn Higgins
The joy is contagious! Thanks so much for sharing all the wonderful news with us. Way to go, Libby, and Team Libby too, of course. Rock stars, all!
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Mary Mohler
By Mary Mohler
fantastic-go Libby
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