Richard had an angiogram on Thursday, Jan. 3. The test revealed that he needs heart bypass surgery. The following day he was admitted to Swedish Hospital-Cherry Hill for observation pending surgery. After the bypass (which we hope will happen yet this week) he will begin a rigorous and lengthy rehabilitation process. Richard is in good spirits and is feeling good. Son Eric and daughter-in-law Kye are providing loving support and care.
As many of you know, Richard's wife, Susan Loitz, suffers from Alzheimer's Disease. Her memory loss has advanced to the point that she can no longer be home alone. Despite her condition, Susan is the person we have always known and loved. (Donald Trump continues to be her #1 topic of conversation.) Richard has been providing amazing care for her and his absence has complicated her routine. Her siblings, Angie (Minnesota), Nancy (Illinois) and Steve (Ellensburg, WA) are visiting on a rotating basis until we are able to secure professional in-home care for both Susan and Richard post-surgery. Eric, Kye and neighbor Cynthia also serve as supportive members of Susan's care-giving team.
Richard and Susan both welcome phone calls and visits. If you are able to spend time with Susan, that would be particularly helpful to those who are providing her care. If you would like to be added to a list of people who could be called upon to help fill a care-giving gap for a couple of hours, contact Nancy Loitz through this website or through Facebook Messenger. I will pass your information on to the rest of the team.