Libby Lehman's Journal
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
Tuesday - Marching Onward!
Written Mar 4, 2014 10:36pm by Ellen AskeyTaking yesterday's diagnosis of Libby's vision problems in stride, Libby went to her usual three hours of therapy today. Les and Lester said they were worried that the OT therapist was going to decline further treatments if Libby did not show progress today - but she did! The therapist was very pleased with Libby's improvement over last week, so onward and upward she goes. She also did well in speech and physical therapy today. Yeah!
However, the physical therapist and occupational therapist agreed that some days Libby is pretty worn out by the time she gets to the third hour of therapy sessions. They have suggested reducing each of their time periods to half an hour instead of an hour each so that Libby will receive the maximum benefit from each session and to eliminate some overlap in their exercises.
The physical therapist also recommended that Libby have some plastic braces for the back of her legs to help her balance and stamina in standing and walking. When she had on the casts at the Medical Center TIRR they provided a similar benefit, in addition to helping her feet. Lester agreed that these might be well worth giving them a try..
Finally, the staff at TIRR suggested that Libby might benefit from working with a personal trainer at the Memorial City TIRR on strengthening exercises, particularly with the rowing machine and other machines. Lester is looking into getting her signed up for some of the days she is not already going to therapy sessions. Although Libby has Never been interested in pumping iron or buffing up, this would obviously serve other objectives, and she does enjoy using the machines more than some of the more "boring" exercises, as she calls them.
Lastly, just an update on the vision problems - Les said he was explaining them again to Libby to make sure that she understood. He said she listened carefully to the diagnosis and explanation of possible prisms in her glasses to improve her condition. When he asked her how she felt about all this she shrugged and responded, "Well, it is what it is." Bless her heart!