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Posted 2019-05-13T17:14:00Z

Home at Last....

After six months of residing at Mayo in Jacksonville, Rita is thrilled to have been released to return home!!  She arrived at Blue Grass Airport and was greeted by her family...lots of tears, and excitement, as well!  Before leaving Jacksonville, Rita, Rob and Jaime went out for a celebration dinner...recognizing Rita's achievements not only in the successful heart transplant, but in her dedication and success in completing her initial rehab early at Mayo. She will continue cardiac rehab at UK in Lexington, but return to Mayo for regular heart biopsies and any other necessary assessments and checkups.  Everyday that passes she will become more familiar with her "new normal" and make the necessary adjustments.  She will deal with fatigue during her early days at home, adjusting to life without the support of Mayo staff and a constant caregiver.   Rita looks forward to gradually catching up with family and friends.  However, initially she will not be quite ready for visitors.  Please be patient. I know you are eager to see Rita and she certainly wants to see you!  Give her some time and please call before stopping by the house.  

Again, let me say how much we have appreciated everyones ongoing kind words and support during these last 6-7 months.  They truly provided Rita with the encouragement needed to face this incredible journey.  Bless you all!


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Comments (6)

  • Jean Henry
    Jean Henry

    Thanks so much for your updates over the last 6-7 months, Connie!

    10 months ago · Reply
  • Brenda Braden
    Brenda Braden

    That's awesome. Welcome home Rita👏

    10 months ago · Reply
  • Jennifer Bailiff
    Jennifer Bailiff

    Welcome home, Rita! It's so good to see how far you've come in just a few short months. If you feel half as good as you look, then you're feeling wonderful! I'm sending lots of love and warmest wishes your way.

    10 months ago · Reply
  • Terry Renfrow
    Terry Renfrow

    Welcome home sweet Rita! This is such great news and we obviously would love to see you, but we do realize that you need time to continue to rehab and build strength at home. If there is anything that we can do for you guys please do not hesitate to call! We love you so very much !!!! Terry Renfrow

    10 months ago · Reply
  • Karen Baird
    Karen Baird

    Such wonderful news! Praise God!

    10 months ago · Reply
  • Glenna Kuhnapfel
    Glenna Kuhnapfel

    I am so happy to know she id home. Thank you for the update.

    10 months ago · Reply