Libby Lehman's Journal
Friday, Dec. 20
Written 23 hours ago by Sarah DavisToday was Libby's last day of therapy at UP. She told Les & me tonight that she will have to work harder next week but wants to get better. She did well with supper, and we were laughing as Les told us tales about his Friend's pets. Now Les can always make a good story better and certainly entertaining. He was off to the grocery store to prepare for tomorrow's Cookie Party. For those of you who don't know, Libby is famous for her fabulous cookie parties. She always went all out and both children and their Moms, Aunts & Grandmothers were treated to a super deluxe party. Les said there is a huge tub full of all kinds of cookie cutters. Libby has gathered these treasures from her travels all around the globe for years. She knew just what she wanted to wear & so we went through her closet. First shirt too bright for her beautiful hand sewn vest ( an original Libby Lehman design), next one not the right color and then she said "Wa-laa; perfect!". She is just doing so well- I am amazed at the difference in just 2.5 weeks. We just visited and chatted like we used to only difference is it takes her a little longer. She wants to pronounce everything just right.
Another Libby holiday tradition is that Libby gave every family member (and I do mean everyone plus a few special friends) a small wooden ornament EVERY year. She has done this consistently for over 30 years. We all look forward to our Libby ornaments. Well, I couldn't believe it when I walked into her room tonight and saw designated bags full of this holiday tradition. Libby's thoughtful elf (our sister, Cathy) had individual little red sacks filled with an ornament and tied with a bright red ribbon that attached a tag with each person's name on it. Of course it was signed from "The Lehmans" but I recognized the handwriting. Then I'm looking around the room at all the festive holiday decorations our sister Ellen and Bill had brought up. Wow - so incredible to be part of such a loving and generous family! Well, better close as just a big bundle of love and emotion. To Libby and my immediate family - love you BIG and to all of my extended family ( that includes each of you) - lots & lots of love from deep in the heart of Texas to you & yours. ~ Sarah
Thursday - Moonwalking in PT
Written Dec 19, 2013 6:05pm by Ellen AskeyLibby 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. !
Wednesday, Dec. 18th - Libby has been accepted by TIRR!
Written Dec 18, 2013 10:30pm by Cathy ArnoldBreaking News!…. Lester called me in the late afternoon to tell me that Libby will be going to TIRR next Monday! As we have mentioned in Journal entries several months ago, TIRR is a world-renowned not-for-profit hospital in Houston that specializes in rehabilitation for people whose lives have been significantly altered by an illness or injury. Gabby Gifford was treated here for several months after the tragic gunshot wound to her head. We are so blessed to have this facility here in Houston, and it is owned by the same parent company as University Place where Libby has been for the past several months - Memorial Hermann. TIRR Memorial Hermann has served the community from its location in the Texas Medical Center in Houston since 1959.
We had hoped that TIRR would be available to Libby ever since her aneurism and stroke this past Spring, but her original applications were rejected because she was deemed "not ready". But with her recent improvements, she was accepted as of today. Hallelujah!
When I visited Libby this afternoon, I said "Congratulations!", and she said with a blush, "Thank you". She understands that it will be a challenge - she referred to it as "Marine boot camp"- but at the same time she seems excited.
Here is my prayer for today:
Lord, thank you for making this opportunity possible for Libby. Please make it a major transition for her back to a life more closely resembling her previous life of teaching and sharing and loving and giving to others. These are the things that are most important to her, and she would love to return to her ministry of helping people be the best they can be. All things are possible through You.