Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Wednesday March 18, 2009

Lisa had another good day today. They changed her trache again to a smaller diameter, which will be the last one. They capped the trache tube so she is now breathing entirely on her own with only a light oxygen flow through a nasal canula. she sat up again today on the side of the bed, stood briefly and then sat for over an hour in the cardiac chair.

Thank you to all of you for your continued support and prayers. We read your comments daily to Lisa and we cannot begin to tell you how much your comments lift her spirits.

With love and thanks, The Stephenson Family.


  1. dear lisa,
    i always thought you were an extraordinary woman, but this goes to new heights. i think you're one of the strongest people i know. thank goodness for those cardiac chairs! i've had a lot of great experience with them! keep working hard and taking advantage of the PT!


  2. Wow Lisa! Keep up the good work! Can't wait to see you back at Carver!Your team continues to cheer you on. We are so proud of your progress.

    Thank you for the updates.

    Love, Carrie de Leon

  3. Way to go Lisa! Been having problems posting here lately, but wanted you to know I visit daily, and my prayers include you.

  4. hi LISA!!!!
    You are such an inspiration.. a fighter and the most amazing woman I know! Keep up the great progress and I can't wait to see you walk through the doors at Carver!
    Nancy Hoyt

  5. Hi Lisa,
    I am so glad to hear that you are getting stronger in every way. I think about you all the time and wish I could just talk to you or see you. I am so proud of you and your family. I know when you finally get home it will be the happiest day for all of us. You know my birthday is coming up and all I want this year is for you to be well. I love you, my forever friend.
    Sandy Saldano

  6. Lisa, You are in our thoughts and prayers, along with your family. Keep up the great work, you are doing wonderful.
    Peace, Dan Barackman

  7. Lynda and I are thinking about you every day, Lisa! You are an inspiration!

  8. Lisa you continue to be an inspirtation to me! You are such an amazing person!!! I thought the staff meeting on the last day of school when Team Lisa was born was emotional; the day you walk through the doors at CARVER will be off the charts!
    Love and prayers to you and your family,

  9. Dearest Lisa and Family,
    Thank you once again for allowing us to share your journey. I so look forward to the daily updates, as they make me feel closer to you, Lisa. I continue to send all of you prayers and lots of positive thoughts and energy.
    Thought of you many times at our special ed basketball tourney yesterday--you can be very proud of our Cougars! Looking forward to your being there to host our next Carver event.
    Much love from Monica

  10. Dear Lisa,
    We are back, and I checked the blog first thing. Jen and Ryan kept us up to date while we were gone. The news is wonderful, and I look forward to seeing you soon.
    Love, Jackie

  11. Lisa!!!!

    Good morning! I am so glad to have found YOU and your extraordinary progress. This is the best communication ever! Now I can chat with you from my new digs in Coarsegold. I am loving my new job. I was with Chris S. and the Supt. of Fresno two weeks ago as they presented to ACSA members locally. Such a treat to hear Chris talk about our LBUSD! FUSD is empowered by all of the good things we have adopted and proven successful. I guarantee they do not have coaches meetings as entertaining and as excellent as yours!!! I am using some of your activities w/ personnel here. They enjoy them just as we did :). So thrilled to see Susan at Pavilions when I was there in LB marketing. She updated me on you and rock! Can you imagine how astounded readers and listeners are at your tenacity? You are in a chazir, sitting up for an hour? Time to celebrate! XOXO to you all day long. Debbie Garriott

  12. You make my day, everyday! Like a good book, I can't wait to read the next "chapter" each day.
    Kathleen J.

  13. Lisa,
    I am honored to be friends with such an astounding, amazing, strong woman!!! I am so excited for you to go home and be in the loving arms of your family in your familiar surroundings to continue building your stamina! Your journey is an inspiration to all and your family's support is beautiful. I stand in support of you and continue to offer my prayers and thanksgiving continuously and look forward to the day I can see you again.
    All my love,
    Nurse Judy

  14. You go get 'em girl! Big thanks to your family for keeping me informed. It is such an inspiration to know of your strength and persistence. I am in awe!

    Keep going! See you soon!