For those who don’t know, Mandy Nagy (aka @Liberty_Chick) suffered a stroke early last month, and was knocked down big time. If you’re not familiar with her work, there’s a short synopsis here.
William (Bill) Jacobson of Legal Insurrection reports that Mandy was discharged from the hospital yesterday (3 October) and is now in a rehab facility. She is cognizant, but unable to to speak much. Here are some snippets in chronological order.
Update 5:45 p.m. 9-21-2014 — This is where I say: Stay hopeful but cautious, and not let recent progress create unrealistic short-term expectations. Mandy’s mom conveys: She’s doing very well. While I was there they put her in a recliner and she did her exercises and watched TV. I got her to laugh a few times. The color in her face has come back. I am very hopeful for significant recovery.
Update 6:15 p.m. 9-22-2014 — Mandy’s mom conveys: She’s making progress. Her friend Bill was there today making her laugh. Still no date for rehab but should be soon. Each day she adds a one word or two. Bill tweets: just saw Mandy. She looks good. Laughing and smiling up a storm pics from Climate Rally. Some limited speech.
Update 1:40 p.m. 9-23-2014 — Mandy’s mom conveys: She’s ready for rehab, but there are delays in getting her placed. During rehab in the hospital today they had her standing up. She understands what people are saying to her and will nod yes or no but she’s having trouble with language and output.
Update 7:15 p.m. 9-25-2014 — Mandy’s mom conveys: She was very alert today. And it seems as though she understands everything we are saying to her and she can also read however she can’t identify the letters in what she’s reading. It’s interesting but I’m not sure how long it will take before she can use an iPad.
Update 7:55 p.m. 9-27-2014 — Mandy’s friend Bill tweets: “Mandy was really excited to see me today. She looked at me with those huge blue eyes of hers and smiled [continued] when she looks at me and I know she recognizes me it almost makes me cry.”
Update 8:30 A.m. 9-30-2014 — The fundraiser has launched: PLEASE CONTRIBUTE.
You can pay by credit card at the GoFundMe page:
You also can pay by check, payable to the “Mandy Nagy Supplemental Needs Trust” at the following address:
Mandy Nagy Supplemental Needs Trust
P.O. Box 33
Liberty Corner, NJ 07938
Update 2:45 p.m. 10-2-2014 — Mandy’s mom conveys: She looked good today. She’s talking a little bit more. She was in very good spirits smiling. I showed her the fundraiser and I could tell by the look on her face that she’s extremely grateful to everyone.
Update 6:10 p.m. 10-3-2014 — Mandy’s mom conveys: Mandy has moved from the hospital to a rehab facility.
Assuming Mandy qualifies for Medicare, it will only pay for 100 days of rehab. After that she’s going to either move out, or if she needs to stay, she’ll need to cough up $300 or more per day.
We wish you a fast recovery, Mandy.
[Update to the update: from Legal Insurrection. ]
Update 12:30 p.m. 10-5-2014
My wife and I saw Mandy at the rehab facility today. She was very alert. She seemed to understand everything we said, nodded, occasionally said “yeah.” Shook her head a lot in response to questions. She indicated she was aware of the fundraiser, but didn’t remember me visiting her in the hospital or reading her reader comments, so I did that again. I told her that she always had a place at Legal Insurrection, and she smiled, but that if she only could type with her left hand, we’d have to get her a job at Mother Jones — to which she laughed really hard.
It’s pretty clear that rehab progress will be measured in weeks, not days like when she was in the hospital after the initial stroke. So we’ll probably update this post weekly from now on. When we update, we’ll alert people by posting this at the top of the homepage and sending out a tweet.