It has been several days since an update has been provided on PostHope. So, thought it was time to bring you more GOOD NEWS! Rita is doing fantastic in every way! Take a look at the picture of Rita and Eric...that was taken 2 weeks post transplant!!
For the first time since her heart transplant, Rita was able to “roll” and sit up to get herself out of bed 2 days ago. That may seem strange, but you must realize the trauma that took place. She is not permitted to use her arms in anyway….absolutely no pulling, lifting, pushing, including using her arms to push herself out of a chair…the sternum must mend. During her lengthy stay at Mayo, she lost, not only a lot of weight, but also a great deal of strength. This week she started her rehab therapy. The goal initially is to build her leg strength and once the sternum has mended, therapy will include building upper body strength.
Yesterday, the second heart biopsy was completed since the transplant and the heart team invited me to watch! No, I didn’t pass out. LOL! The nurse explained what I was seeing on the heart monitor (the picture…yes, of her new heart!) and the doctor showed me the heart tissues he extracted. An experience to remember, for sure! But to the bigger point here, both biopsies show ZERO signs of rejection!! Her doctors had prepared her that it is normal to show some low percentage of rejection and not to be alarmed, but ZERO! More tears…
Yes, more tears…joyful, happy tears! Though I have been here every step of the way, it has been emotional, overwhelming and still unbelievable the magnitude of what took place. My husband, Brian, continues to say he will never be the same…it is an experience that most people are never a part of….and give thanks for that! But, when you are, it is surreal, mind-boggling and, most certainly, life-altering. The expertise and skill of these physicians…the compassion they exhibit along with all the nurses and other staff…well, all words I can conjure up are simply inadequate. And with every tear, every emotion and every prayer, we never forget the sacrifice of another special person that is loved and missed…the donor.
Rita will continue her positive approach to her recovery and therapy, recognizing she will be here for several more weeks. Again, thanks for your continued support through your prayers, cards and comments on PostHope.