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  1. Lisa continues to make progress. Her speech is improving and she is now reading again which puts her closer to getting back online. Her hand control is also coming back which hopefully means typing will be coming soon. She is practicing her writing and can sign her name with an x. She really does make imporvement everyday. She is walking without any problems or assitance although she has had a set back because she had to go into the hospital to have some dead toes removed. So sad but had to be done. So she is currently in a rehab facility for the next couple of days to get her strength back
  2. Lisa returned home from Chicago on Tuesday! She is doing great, she is walking on her ownand is able to do a lot of things on her own like wash her hands, eat out at restaurants, put on her slippers. She can get in and out of the car with out any difficulty. It is very exciting. She still has her great sense of humor and her smile has fully returned. There is a lot of laughing going on. She is getting stronger everyday and her speech and ability to gather her thoughts continues to improve. Her past memories seem to all be in tack including knowing her way around the city. Her vision
  3. LISA IS GOING HOME! Update from Sara Lisa will be flying home to Arizona on Tuesday July 29th. She is very excited to be going home. She is doing better every day. Her energy is increasing allowing her to go out on outings and talk more on the phone. Her voice is really starting to come back along with her control of her body. She is walking with a walker farther and farther each day and increasing her strength and stamina. She will be flying home on a commercial airline with her mother in law. I will be arriving in Arizona the same day to welcome her home and help her out for about a week. T
  4. Two days ago Lisa moved into the Rehab Institute of Chicago for a a couple week stay until she can walk on to the airplane to come home. She gets three hours a day of intensive therapy and then is able to go out for outings. She is walking with a walker, taking showers sitting down, feeding herself, going to the bathroom. She is really getting stronger everyday. She is still confused and disoriented, her vision isn't so great and she is still very tired but all this will continue to improve. The doctor said within 6 months to a year no one will be able to tell Lisa had a stroke! She is
  5. Lisa and I had our first real chat today! It made me tear up. I was so moved to hear her voice. She is starting to make sentences and say a lot more things. Mostly our conversation consisted of I miss you's and I love you's and Lisa very clearly said, " I miss you my friend." They say her voice will come back as she gains her strength right now it sounds a little like someone with a sore throat or cold. She is up and walking in the rehab gym. She has walked the length of the parallel bars several times. She is getting up into the wheel chair with some help. She is practicing making it to the
  6. 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
  7. 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 bee
  8. LISA UPDATE PART 2 I was in the chat room and was asked to give everyone some more details so here goes. A week after Lisa's transplant she got a bad infection and had to be put into and induced coma and on a ventilator in the ICU. After several weeks they stopped giving her the medication to induce the coma but Lisa did not wake up. They discovered that she had several strokes that sprayed blood clots in her brain causing permenant damage to the right side movement and her speech areas of her brain. She also had blood clots in her legs that caused some wounds but are now healing. She was on
  9. LISA UPDATE FROM BEST FRIEND SARA Lisa continues to make big progress. She out of the ICU off the vent and should be out of the hospital in a week and in a rehab center in Chicago after that for another week. Then they will fly her home to Arizona where she will be in a rehab center for at least two months. She had several strokes but all the infections seem to be under control. She is doing speech therapy to relearn how to talk and is learning new words every day. She has begun eating soft foods and hopefully by the end of this week will be able to eat and drink normally. They have one mor
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