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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.

If you would like to make a contribution to the "Libby Lehman Medical Fund", you may use paypal.com.  Just set up an account with paypal.com and donate to libby.medfund@gmail.com,  or send a check to her sister, Cathy Arnold, at 2220 Stanmore, Houston, TX 77019 for deposit into a special account at JPMorgan Chase Bank.  

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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 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

Monday - Better Every Day!

When I arrived at the Lehman house today, Libby was in good spirits and Rayleen had helped her fix her new hair-style so that it had a softer, fluffier look. Libby was happier with it than when her hair was first cut on Saturday, but Lester and Libby both were quick to say that Libby would Not be returning to that hair salon. Libby was entertaining Bill, Lester and Rayleen with tales of her RAMP therapy progress and plans to go on a "dress rehearsal" trip to Port O'Connor at the end of the month. She said she is working her way up to a trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico but that she is not ready - Yet! Libby's positive attitude and determination are Inspiring! Anything seems possible! She has about two more weeks of RAMP therapy and then - watch out world! Plans were made for another movie outing to see "Black and White", another Kostner offering which is both uplifting and positive, next week.

Libby and Rayleen chose to have lunch at "Pappy's" so they could enjoy the chicken salads there. As we were waiting on our order, I noticed that Libby is able to be much more interactive in the conversations than she was a few weeks ago, commenting on the subjects at hand and bringing up new topics. Bill pointed out to Libby that she had mastered the use of her utensils, using both hands to cut up her salad with knife and fork, in ways that weren't possible when her left hand was ineffective. It seemed so natural, we almost didn't stop and appreciate her progress. We have so much to be Thankful for! Miracles do happen!
In humble appreciation,
Ellen
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Cindy Calderwood
By Cindy
Would you please repost Libby's address? I only have the care facility -- seemed to have misplaced any others I had. Thank you, Cindy
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Diane Schultheiss
By Diane Schultheiss
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ricky tims
By Ricky Tims
I posted today - and the word I used was miracle! God bless you all!
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Ellen Mack
By Ellen McBurney
Miracles do happen; especially to a family that is devoted to their faith. Watching Libby throughout her recovery has been so rewarding to me. God Bless you all and ONWARD and UPWARD !
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Diane Kirkpatrick
By Diane Kirkpatrick
I'm rejoicing!
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Judy Chase
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Oh Lord , nothing like a bad hair cut . I've had a few of those. Never mind, it'll grow .
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Janet Grosser
By Janet Grosser
Isn't it great when the "new normal" is really the "old normal"! Like putting on your old slippers or your favorite tennis shoes! This is just marvelous! Keep up the great work, Libby! Santa Fe, here she comes!!!
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Kathyl Jogerst
By Kathyl Jogerst
I absolutely LOVE reading these posts! I never realized how much could be regained with determination, excellent care givers, hard work and the support of a loving family and friends. This is amazing.
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Mary Helen Simonson
By Mary Helen in OR
I really admire Libby's persistence. It takes lots of dedication to work on skills day after day. Of course, working on quilting is how she became so accomplished so I should not be surprised. It is wonderful to hear of the progress.
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Sarah Ann Smith
By Sarah Ann Smith
Those neurons and pathways in Libby's brain are just knitting themselves together in new ways exponentially..... GO LIBBY!
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