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#21 Kim T

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Posted 30 June 2008 - 05:41 PM

Sending another gentle hug. A big thanks to Peanut. You're helping all of us through your efforts. Thanks Sara for the information.

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Posted 01 July 2008 - 01:30 AM

Sara.
Thanks so much for sharing with us. Lisa has been on my mind and I am sorry to hear about all she has gone through...... She is very lucky to have a friend like you.
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Posted 01 July 2008 - 04:05 AM

Thanks Sara!
Peanut is sorely missed here, she is a bright light in our little world and she is a great fighter. We're all rooting for her, tell her hi!
Karen :)

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Posted 02 July 2008 - 05:09 PM

LISA UPDATE FROM BEST FRIEND SARA JULY 2ND 2008

Lisa continues to make big improvements everyday. Her vocabulary is increasing and she can say the names of many of her friends and family she can also say " help nurse" and "shut up"! She can answer questions with both a verbal yes and no and shaking her head and has started making several word sentences. In speech therapy today she said everything the therapist asked her to say. She is gaining increased control of her body and strength. She can roll over, push her self up in the bed, cross her arms, lift her arms over her head and has been sitting in a chair and standing for increasing periods of time. She is still in the hospital but has been moved to the 15th floor. Tomorrows they will do another swallow test and then hopefully they can remove the trec if she passes. She is still on Oxygen but less then before the transplant and her lungs really seem to be making progress. She has started laughing and crying and is just as expressive as before the strokes. She is definitively our Lisa with a very positive attitude and hard work ethic. All the doctors have said she is truly remarkable and has made more progress then they see most people make in 6 months. Lisa's Mother will arrive for a visit on Thursday and she is very much looking forward to it.

For those wondering who I am, Lisa and I have been best friends for going on 8 years. We met in community college when we were both in the honor society. I live in Washington State and used to live down the street from Lisa and her now husband who wasn't yet Lisa's friend or boyfriend at the time. I live in Seattle and hope for someday Lisa to return to Washington so we can be close in proximity to each other again. Lisa is not a very political person and I have always been one but politics have never gotten between us. I am the scheduler for a congressional campaigner. Everyone at the campaign have been so supportive in this very difficult time and Lisa has delighted in learning about how real people run for office and try to make a change for the better. Lisa has always said she would vote for me and that I will run for office someday. We'll see about running for office but it is good to know I will always have her support.

I plan to read Lisa the comments from this forum tomorrow so please keep sending them. She really seems to enjoy hearing from people. I am no longer in Chicago but I talk with Lisa everyday and am hoping soon we will be able to have a two way conversation. But for now I get lots of yeses and nos head shakes and smiles. I jumped for joy when she said my name to me on the phone two days ago. She made me SO happy!

More good news to come!

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Posted 02 July 2008 - 05:17 PM

Hi Sara,

Thank you so much for keeping us updated on Lisa's progress! Please tell her I miss her -- we all miss her -- and give her some extra "Warm Hugs" from me and all of her buddies at sclero.org. She is our ISN Artist, you know...and her perky attitude and delightful paintings really liven up our whole forum.
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#26 Kim T

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Posted 02 July 2008 - 07:09 PM

Yeah!!

I had a 41 year old friend who sailed through heart surgery today to fix a hole in his heart. I'm so glad to hear the additional good news about Peanut, too. Sweet dreams for me tonight!

Kim

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Posted 03 July 2008 - 12:07 AM

Lisa, I am happy to hear that your recovery is speeding up. We all want you up and happy and healthy again. You still have so much unfinished business to handle. All that artwork is waiting for you. Things that make you happy, friends and family are all waiting for you to pull your strength together and make things happen.
Sara, keep us informed until our peppy peanut can come on and tell us about the ordeals she has had to over come. We need to hear about her as she wants to hear from us. Tell Peanut we are all hand and hand around the world surrounding her with a giant virtual hug. The biggest softest hug that will encourage her quick recovery. Sara, stick around you will learn so many things that will help you with others in the future. Thanks for sticking by Lisa in her greatest need for support and love.
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Posted 03 July 2008 - 01:13 AM

Sara,
We can't thank you enough for keeping us updated!
Lisa,
It is great to hear you making huge strides in your recovery! You are a fighter, strong and determined...don't let anything get in your way. I am pulling for you and I think about you all the time!

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Lisa
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Posted 03 July 2008 - 02:46 AM

I am so happy that Peanut is continuing with a good recovery and send her warm wishes & hugs.

Jensue

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Posted 03 July 2008 - 04:31 AM

Thanks for the update. We all have Peanut in our thoughts and are glad to hear she is coming along. Please give her my best.

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Posted 03 July 2008 - 06:48 AM

Sara ,

Thanks, again, for the update. It's so good to hear Peanut is doing so well.

Take care, Everyone.
Margaret

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Posted 03 July 2008 - 02:14 PM

Hi Peanut
I've been following your progress and am sooooo thrilled at how well you're doing. Keep up the great job. You're an inspiration to all of us.
And so so lucky to have such a great friend to support you, along with all your other friends and family.
Sending you strength and love,
Annie N.

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Posted 04 July 2008 - 07:01 AM

Hi Sara,

It is so great that you and Lisa are the kinds of friends you are to one another.
The added bonus is that we are fortunate that you have kept us in the fold... as to her progress.

Thank you so much!

...and peanut...you go girl! I am so glad you are improving.

Sending you healing and loving hugs, Lisa.

Susie
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Posted 04 July 2008 - 01:49 PM

Thanks Sara for keeping us informed of Lisa's progress.

Lisa (Peanut), please know that you are in my thoughts daily, you seem to be making great progress. We all miss you here on the forum, keep up the good work and look at all the positives from now on.

Sending warm wishes your way
Celia

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Posted 04 July 2008 - 03:22 PM

Sara,

Thank you so much for keeping us posted on Lisa. You are an amazing friend.

Peanut~

Wishing you all the best for a speedy recovery! Sounds like you are doing great. Keep up the good work.

I want to hear you cheering for the Hawks come football season and it's right around the corner....

Love ya,

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Posted 08 July 2008 - 05:49 PM

Just a quick and happy update. Lisa took 6 steps today! On her way to walking. She continues to get stronger everyday. She has started holding a spoon to feed herself with assistance and has started using her hands more to do things like touch her face, show you where she has an itch and pull up the covers. She recognized 50% of numbers shown to her and also recognized some spelled out words. She is talking more and today on the phone said" I love you", "Hi" "Bye Sara", "yum", "yes", "no", "mom". She says a lot more words and is making sentences but I have not heard them yet. She has the trec tube out and is doing well without having the oxygen through the hole in her throat. I need to remember to ask what her oxygen level is. She has a social worker who has come to see her and will be working with the hospital on the plan for her long term recovery. Right now they are saying 7-14 more days in the hospital with lots of therapy and then sending her back to Arizona. The doctor wants her to go home the social worker wants her to go into a rehab facility. We will see what happens but either way Lisa would have therapies during the day.More updates to come.

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Posted 08 July 2008 - 09:45 PM

Sarah thanks for keeping us going with updates on Lisa. I am so pleased that she is continuing to improve & get stronger. I do miss her cheerfulness & sense of humour in the chat room.
Please give her my best wishes for a continued recovery.

Jensue

#38 Margaret

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Posted 09 July 2008 - 01:08 AM

Hi Sara ,

Once again, thank you for the update on Peanut.

Peanut....you're in my thoughts daily and we're all cheering for you!!!

Take care, Everyone.
Margaret

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Posted 09 July 2008 - 01:21 AM

Sara,
Thanks so much for the latest update! Peanut is amazing and she is very fortunate to have you for a friend! Hugs to Peanut!
Nan

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Posted 09 July 2008 - 02:23 AM

Thanks Sara.

Sounds like she's recovering nicely. Glad to hear it :)

Karen