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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.

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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 professional caregivers. She is currently making great strides in her many therapies, including the recent completion of 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

Wednesday, August 26, 2015 - Party-time and Updates on Libby

We celebrated Libby's great niece Susan Gutierrez' birthday today at Gianni's Italian Kitchen in Tomball, Texas. All Libby's sisters were there except Sarah who was getting some medical attention which she had put off while she took care of her daughter Chelsa, who is making good progress in her recovery from the bad car accident. The reports from Sarah's son Justin were all good, indicating that all went well medically today for Sarah, Thank God! Hopefully, Sarah and Chelsa will continue their healing and recoveries and be able to join in the fun soon!

Cathy picked up and drove Libby and caregiver DeAndre to meet Susan, her hubby Ron, and Bill and me in Tomball. We all enjoyed some delicious salads and pasta while Susan caught everyone up on the recent news - her graduation with a Masters in Counseling and all the exciting new changes for their four children: Abbi going to Denmark for a study abroad semester, Bailey starting college at UTDallas, Carlee starting high school, and Cameron starting junior high. Talk about a lot of new beginnings at once! Libby entertained us with some funny stories of shopping in years past with the kids for back-to-school necessities, such as a stapler in the shape of a high heel shoe for Carlee. We all marveled and were Thankful for the amazing wonderfulness of having Libby there with us at the party!

Libby has made some excellent progress, but not without a few missteps, such as endeavoring to remember to take her medications - only remembering to take them a little too often, and deciding to iron her own shirt - Yikes! Lester assures us the pill box has been secured out of her sight for now and after a stern discussion with Libby, he has also secured and hidden all the irons he could find in the house - three, so far. Although these were somewhat scary steps in Libby's road to recovery, below are some other stories from Lester that show Libby's ever-present sense of humor:

From an email from Lester yesterday:
"I hope you all realize that I can't make this stuff up.
Last night I got home about 6:30. The Astros were on and as I was scrolling through the TV channels to find the game, I hit on a channel that had a show on from the late '60's -. Go Go dancers.‎ Libby immediately stood up and started dancing. Raylene was here and we started dying laughing. And then Libby said " I need a pole" and started dancing as if she were holding onto a pole. You can imagine the laughs that got. She is priceless!!

The picture in the attachment happened this afternoon. My sister Doris came over. Libby had on one of her beautiful turquoise necklaces which Doris commented on how pretty it was. Libby went to her closet and brought out several more to show Doris. Doris asked Libby if she could try on a couple of the necklaces. Libby got concerned that Doris was going to leave with one of the necklaces and that's when Libby decided to wear all of them. Now, knowing my sister as I do, that might have been true. But ole' Libby wasn't having any of that. (Only kidding Doris). Praise the good Lord for the miracle we have had with Libby!!!"  -Lester

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Janet Grosser
By Janet Grosser
Love the pictures! A girl just can't have too much jewelry. Next we want to see some video of the dancing :-)
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Mona Jones
By Mona Jones/Sew This! Abita Springs, Louisiana
OMG!!! Libby, I can just see you swinging around that pole. You have the best personality! Love you and miss you my friend.
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Sharon Gaffor
By Sharon Gaffor
My Dad took his meds twice one time and ONLY one time. I'm with you Lester, we took them away from
him immediately. I don't know who was more frightened, him or me. Lester, they do have irons that turn off automatically now. Might be a good idea to toss the old (Salvation Army?) and get one of those.
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Sarah Ann Smith
By Sarah Ann Smith
Sending heaps of healing to Sarah and Chelsa--we've all seen what a bunch of determined quilters can do! And for Libby--You GO GIRL! Be careful, but how wonderful that she WANTS to take care of herself (meds) and iron! Supervised on the iron for now.... as for meds...I've got one of those pill-minders for morning, another for afternoon. What about having her practice with m&ms or mints? Get one of the ones that has 3 or 4 compartments per day, and she gets one mint per box. Then she'd not over/under dose and she'd get practice. She could even use a washaway marker on top of each box to remind herself she took that "dose"???? I'm thrilled to see her progress, and want all of Team Libby to know how much we appreciate the continued updates, and your sharing your family with all of us, Libby's quilty family!
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paula dabel
By Paula dabel
It always amazes me how loving your family is to everyone who takes care of your Libby. You are simply the best!
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Diane Schultheiss
By Diane Schultheiss
What fun! The healing power of laughter is awesome! God Bless all.
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Dorothy Kelly
By dorothy, now in Oklahoma
I love the love and laughter in your family. Libby, you are truly blessed,, and bless us everyday in watching your humor, and progress.
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Barbara Wenders
By Barbara Wenders
Oh Libby, how funny. I wish Lester had taken a movie. You funny, funny girl.
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Minnie Cappel
By Minnie Cappel
I am laughing out loud at the thought of Libby "pole dancing" ! Also , Libby better hide all of those pretty turquoise necklaces when I come over ! They are pretty special ! These are great pictures of a remarkable lady and her amazing family ! Happy Birthday,Susan ! 🎂😊
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