Diario de Libby Lehman
Girl's Day Out- Wednesday
Escrito el Mar 5, 2014 8:24pm por 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!
Escrito el Mar 4, 2014 10:36pm por 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!
Monday - Vision Impairment Diagnosed
Escrito el Mar 3, 2014 10:51pm por Ellen AskeyThe office visit with the neuro- ophthalmologist went well today, but not all the news was good. The doctor told Libby and Lester that the stroke has caused about 40% loss of vision in both her eyes. Unfortunately the damage is permanent, and is on the left side of her left eye and the inside of her right side. Basically the left side of her field of vision is gone.
Libby can still see well enough to read, write, and recognize people and things around her, but her field of vision has been reduced by half. Thankfully, Libby's current condition does enable her to function quite well in her every day activities. Libby has an appointment to see the doctor again in one month.
The doctor recommended some exercises for Libby, which fortunately, the therapists were already using with her. Lester will make sure that she continues to receive the necessary therapy exercises at TIRR Memorial City for now, and possibly at home in the future.
With continued improvement of her mental abilities, the doctor said he might be able to insert prisms in the lens of her glasses which would improve her sight of the left side of her vision range by about 20% if she looks through the prisms at just the correct angle. That is one of the options which will be considered at her next appointment.
The doctor noted that Libby is not really experiencing true left side deficit because she Is aware of that side of her body, as indicated by her increasing use of her left hand and of her left leg in walking. Although it is definitely still her weak side, the doctor was encouraged by her increasing use of her left side.
Finally, the best news was that the doctor did not detect any damage to the optic nerve or eyeball. For that we are Very Thankful!
Our prayer tonight -
May God help Libby to heal and regain as much of her eyesight as possible, and we give Thanks for the continuing improvement on her left side and for the vision which she does have. We are also Thankful for the knowledge and skill of her doctors, and for their compassion and encouragement. Finally, we pray for strength and comfort and peace for Libby and for her family and friends. May we remain steadfastly faithful. Amen