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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

Sunday - Happy Ending to Nice Weekend

We thoroughly enjoyed having Libby as a house guest over the weekend, and it was so gratifying to see her improvement in independent life skills and ability to verbalize her thoughts better, since her last visit. Praise the Lord, and thanks to encouragement and work by Lester, Rayleen, Kay, and Andrea who teach, encourage, and re-teach these skills to Libby daily, and special Thanks to Libby who continues to try her hardest to recover and improve!

Saturday my hubby Bill had to go into Houston to transact some business so I told Libby she had many choices of what she might like to do with me that day. She chose to have the Asian salad at Chick Fi-lay, go to the movie "Mr. Holmes", and to walk laps around a different mall than she and Rayleen usually walk. We had fun doing all three, and Libby surprised me with her endurance and enthusiasm, especially her mall walking. We did a little window shopping along the way, but mostly she was all about walking - definitely a new development for Libby.

Libby's favorite thing to do at our house is to watch the wildlife in our backyard every morning and evening. The wildlife did not disappoint her, as a herd of deer showed up with new baby spotted fawns and young bucks with budding antlers, and the birds splashed the water out of the bird baths, and the usual appearance of a very fat rabbit which Libby has named "Gulliver".

Bill finally got his re-match Scrabble game with Libby on Saturday evening, joined by lesser competition: sister Sarah and me. Bill managed to eke out a win this time, so now Libby says she is demanding another re-match to determine who the Real world champion Scrabble player is. I get the feeling this could go on for years... Fortunately, although they are serious competitors, it is really all in good fun, or at least Sarah and I think so.

This morning Libby visited with niece Susan Gutierrez and her daughter Abbi (our granddaughter), and then Libby joined us for the contemporary service at our church before lunch with Susan at Chili's. Libby loved hearing about Susan's graduate work to become a licensed Counselor and Abbi's summer internship work with county offices dealing with homeless youth. By the time we got home from the morning activities it was time to watch a little of the disappointing Astros' baseball game, nap, and head for Houston where Lester was anxiously awaiting Libby's return home, truly a Happy Ending to a nice weekend!
In humble appreciation,
Ellen