In an old Christmas song, Bing Crosby used to croon “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”. Christmas, 2015, had a very special meaning for George & his wife, Sarah. They were home for Christmas! At six weeks post liver transplant, George was doing so well that his doctors gave him a temporary reprieve at his home in Richmond Hill. In the meantime, they have returned to Emory Hospital in Atlanta for another round of tests. George’s blood work was reviewed and a couple of changes made in his medications, which is the usual routine for transplant survivors. They are looking forward to a January 20 appointment with Dr. Ryan Ford, George’s liver transplant physician.
The Ruehlings are overwhelmed and very grateful for all the support from their families and friends, both prayer and financial support. This first battle has been won, but the war continues on. George takes approximately 16-20 pills twice a day and it will be about a year before he can return to work. The prescriptions are vital and necessary for the health of the new liver while fighting any chances of rejection. The medications are very expensive and the family will be appreciative of any financial assistance to purchase them.
George’s extended family has been filled with joy during the Christmas season over the “miracles” that have been a very large part of his recovery. Our gracious and merciful God has been pouring forth His love and the family requests that you continue your prayers for the long journey ahead.
Dec 09, 2015
George is now five weeks post-transplant and progressing well. He is still recuperating at the Mason House, near Emory Hospital in Atlanta. His wife, Sarah, is with him and has been his primary care-giver during this time. His schedule during November has included three days of reporting to Emory every week for lab work and a consultation with a physician, who reviews his blood workups and makes changes in his meds, if needed. The main focus of the physician’s oversight has been to watch for George’s body’s response to the new liver and to look for any anti-rejection symptoms. So far, his reports have been pretty standard, with a few changes in medications. He is on seventeen different medications on a daily basis. As December has crept in, oversight visits have decreased to two days a week.
He and Sarah have enjoyed being in the Mason House where they have the opportunity to interact with other transplant patients and their families. But, there really is no place like home, and they are patiently waiting for the time when they can go home and have all the blood work done locally. He will still have lots of regular visits to Emory that will involve many hours of travel for routine diagnostic tests in the Clinic. However, they both are looking forward to the time when they can go back to work and insert themselves in the routine of family life in Richmond Hill.
Many thanks to all of George’s friends, family, and supporters. This is a long journey he has started and we will continue to keep you updated.
Nov 12, 2015
George's liver transplant was finished around Midnight on Monday, Nov. 2. Click https://helphopelive.org/ca... for a photo of George on the Wednesday...
Oct 17, 2015
Jesse Ruehling, George's older son, organized a fundraising motorcycle ride with his group, the Low Country Sport Riders, from Savannah, GA to Charleston, SC on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015. The group...