Libby Lehman's Journal
Saturday - A Field Trip
Written 15 hours ago by Ellen AskeyLibby took a field trip to Magnolia, Texas today to see our "new" house and visit with the family. This was her first opportunity to see the house we moved into last July, when Libby was having a very rough time and therefore, so were those who love her.
What Joy I felt to be able to pick Libby up with her kind caregiver Tiffany's help, and we hit the highway headed west and north of Houston. (It also felt good to know that her darling menfolk could get a little break for a few hours from their diligent caregiving endeavors.) On the way Libby was enthralled with the changing scenery as the view changed from city dwellings to country pastures and deep woods.
About half way there Libby requested, "tell me about the house", which is an especially relevant question from someone who likes to watch home improvement and house hunting television shows as much as Libby does. I described the house and two acres as best I could, and the parts she found most interesting were the bedrooms we had painted a dream-sickle color and bright light blue, changing them from drab dark maroon and gray-ish slate blue. (She approved of the changes when she saw them later.)
When we arrived, my hubby Bill, two grandchildren Carlee and Cameron, daughter Susan, son-in-law Ron, and our two dogs (Rocco, a Boston terrier, and Shadow, a lab) all greeted us at the door. Libby had hugs for all, (except the pooches - who didn't seem to notice). After a tour of the house, we all sat at our long dining room table and gave Thanks for the delicious lunch prepared by Bill and the grandkids and for all our many Blessings! Later we cleared the table and got down to some serious dominoes, playing an old favorite of our Mimi's - the Chicken Foot game.
Libby did not really remember or snap to the gist of the game, but with a Lot of help from Susan and a little luck, the two of them managed to win the first round. However, when the game was done the newcomer Tiffany won the overall score, and she was so excited that we were all tickled for her! We all enjoyed the socializing and kidding around, and it seemed like all too soon it was time to head back to the big city.
After hugs and kisses all around, we started the long drive home to the Lehman hacienda. On the way we thought Libby might rest her eyes, but she was too busy taking in the scenery and changing the radio channels to find her favorite country western station. However, it wasn't long after we got to the Lehman home that Tiffany helped Libby transfer from Franklin to the living room sofa, and when we covered Libby with her favorite soft blanket she looked up and said, "sweet dreams". I don't think I made it out the front door before she was snoozing peacefully. I hope she dreams of many other field trips and adventures in her future; I know I will tonight.
With humble Thanks, Ellen
A Mellow Friday - March 7, 2014
Written Mar 7, 2014 6:26pm by Cathy ArnoldLibby was a little "down" this morning. Lester said she was despondent and depressed. How could she not be at times? But by the time I saw her at mid-day, she was feeling better. When I arrived, Lester, Libby and Tiffany were outside enjoying the sunshine and warmer weather. Libby sat in her wheelchair by the front door. Bill and Ellen Askey, my husband, Bill, and Doris, Lester's sister, all dropped by and we had a nice lunch of sandwiches, fresh fruit, and a delicious chocolate cake that Doris made ( This lady is a serious cook!). Libby talked a little bit about her physical therapy, and she didn't seem too thrilled with parts of it. At least she got to vent.
Libby looked beautiful in a soft green sweater and some coral beads. Tiffany, one of her caregivers, said Libby is teaching her about contrasting colors. She said Libby is very particular about what goes with what. None of us were surprised!
Last week I had tagged along with my husband at an energy conference in the U.K., so it was wonderful to be with Libby a couple of times this week. She loves being home, and is surrounded by the most wonderful caregivers, both the professionals and her two "guys", Lester and Les. The constant love and patient care that they give Libby is the sweetest thing. As the one year anniversary of Libby's surgery and stroke approaches, I look back in awe at how far Libby has come. It is truly amazing to witness the power of love, kindness and Faith. God is good.
Girl's Day Out- Wednesday
Written Mar 5, 2014 8:24pm by Sarah DavisToday was Girl's Day out. Libby's good friend Susan Gartner and Shardae took Libby to the mall. Susan told Libby it was her day to choose whatever stores she wanted to go, where to eat, etc. What a fun time and a departure from therapy sessions. She chose California Pizza for lunch. She really enjoyed looking at watches and the American Girl store. It was a Girl's Rule kind of day.
Tonight Libby & I did some of her home practice. She had to choose from a list of words and put them in one of four categories. It took awhile but with only a few mistakes she finished the whole list.
Next was Wheel of Fortune. Shardae, Libby & I had a 50 cent wager going for the last puzzle. It was a "thing" ( which are always difficult) but Libby got it right away - open vault. Amazing. So Shardae & I busted out our two quarters and put them on the table. Libby grinned and quickly grabbed the four coins & tried to put in her pocket. You go girl.
Ending this entry with a special shout out to our sweet sister Ellen who had a birthday today. We all hope she had a special day overflowing with birthday blessings & love.
Sweet dreams to all~ Sarah