Approaching the end of November it was discovered Hans had developed a blood infection, was retaining fluid and had a bad aortic valve. These were all tied together and have resulted in 4 hospital stays since then at Delnor Community Hospital in Geneva, IL and now, as of this morning (15 Jan. 21), at Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, IL. His health has deteriorated during this time as the infection and the resultant fluid buildup have prevented the doctors from operating first non-invasively on the bad valve and now, as things have deteriorated, invasively through open heart. It is a problem of one thing causing the other and then back to the beginning again in a circle.
His health has been overall very good but this valve has dragged him down. As recently as the beginning of October he was still flying his airplane and had planned a trip to Munich to see our good friends there, the Gottinger’s, Kelmendi’s and others but was forced to cancel due to the virus issue. Shortly after this problem started to surface with weariness, arm pain and fluid not being evacuated properly.
Today he was put on a much higher dosage of diuretics to get the stubborn fluid levels down to where the doctors feel he would have a shot at surviving the open heart surgery (the other option, the non-invasive TVAR (transcatheter aortic valve replacement) is off the table for now as it does not allow the doctors the same degree of heart condition oversight and inspection for the infection). Right now, with the fluid buildup it would almost certainly be fatal to operate.
We will try to keep everyone updated on this site. His spirits of course are a bit fluid but overall very positive and realistic. His wants the doctors to do what is necessary while comprehending a full understanding of the risks.
We are all his friends and family. We will send out invitations to all we can think of but ask you to send us the name and email of anyone you may think needs to be on the register of visitors. Please leave your thoughts, ask questions, post pictures (if able).
Thank you, Jerry
(writing for Susan, Janet, Ryan and family, Kurt, Kim, Lexi & Barbi)