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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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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, and recently a return to a skilled nursing care and rehab facility after a bout with an infection in the hospital. She continues moving on an uneven road to recovery with ongoing care and therapies. Thank you so much for your interest, support, and concern. Libby is blessed with so many friends, old and new!

Latest Journal Update

Thursday - Red Letter Day

Today was a Red Letter Day at U.P., where Libby excelled in PT with Pia, who told Lester that Libby is progressing faster than she expected - Always good news! Pia is working with Libby on walking backwards, finding a chair, reaching for it, and then sitting down "like a lady." I got there in time to observe a little of the PT time, and I agree that Libby is making amazing progress and trying to do her best with vim and determination!

Yesterday Libby also had a good day at TIRR with physical and occupational therapies. However, Tiffany said Libby was tiring near the end until Tiffany promised a Sonic stop on the way home if Libby would push through to the end. Libby smiled and said, "Good Motivation", and picked up the pace on her stacking and re-stacking exercise.

As we were going down the hall at UP today we saw Louise (the head of all UP therapies and rehab), and she told us that Libby was progressing beautifully, as demonstrated by Libby's improvement on a Cognitive test which speech/cognitive therapist Amy had given Libby. Several months ago Libby could not even focus to take the test, but when Amy administered it about two weeks ago, Libby scored 12 out of 30 points. This morning Amy administered the test again and Libby did even better - wait for it... 20 points this time! Louise was all smiles, and so were we!

I had planned on taking Libby and Tiffany out to lunch, but by the time Libby finished her therapies she was "famished and tired" so I promised a "raincheck" on lunch for another day. As Libby dove into her lunch in the dining room downstairs at UP, Amy showed up to tell us the good news about Libby's cognitive test. We let her have the fun of telling us again before we admitted that Louise had already spilled the beans. It was certainly the kind of news you can enjoy all over again a second time. As we were congratulating and encouraging Libby, she spouted out a few more answers to the test. Amy smiled and said, "Now you remember, Libby, - that would have been two more points". Libby just laughed with the rest of us. What a great day of Blessings!

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22 Comentarios

margo bavry
By margo bavry
Fantastic- you are making fabulous progress .Keep up the good work.
Diane Weigle
By Diane Wehner Weigle, the Old Markette
Such GREAT news! You are doing wonderful and all of us are pulling for you!
Sarah Ann Smith
By Sarah Ann Smith
Connie Elliott
By Connie Elliott
Yaaaay, Libby! You must be hearing all of us cheering you on! We love you, Libby!
Jan Krentz
By Jan Krentz
I'm so proud of you Libby! You are improving and growing stronger and more coordinated - and you are SO LOVED by all. You bless us with your determination. Lots of love and happy hugs across the miles!
Beth Kennedy
By Beth
Keep it up, Darlin'. You are AMAZING!
Dee Confer
By One of many Libby fans
Everyone, especially Libby has worked hard to get to this point. You are hitting some milestone moments and gaining momentum. What an awesome improvement. Hope you are all smiling in your dreams. You deserve this! Great news.
Mary Helen Simonson
By Mary Helen in OR
WOW!! Your progress is phenomenal!! You are the leader of the pack!! All I can say is HOORAY!
Lovingly and Prayerfully,
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Jan Drury
By Jan Drury
Great news Libby, all the hard work and extreme effort is worth it. Love Jan
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Martha Akers
By Martha Akers
Fantastic! Go Libby!
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