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12/11/2016 Latest post:
Welcome to Stan Motschenbacher's CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place.
Stan was admitted to United Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota, on Monday, December 5, 2016, due to atrial fibrillation, heart valve failure, respiratory problems - and related issues. On Wednesday, December 7th, he underwent a cardioversion to get his heart back in rhythm. The procedure was successful; however, on Thursday, December 8th, Stan's heart went back into atrial fibrillation. On Friday, December 9th, he underwent another cardioversion to get his heart back in rhythm. Unfortunately, after three unsuccessful attempts, the cardiologist felt it best to end the procedure.
Meanwhile, Stan has undergone a series of additional procedures to work towards a transcatheter aortic heart valve replacement (TAVR), which seems to be the cause of many of his issues. He has lost a great deal of weight and is very weak.
Stan has received wonderful care at United, and we are very thankful to all of the doctors, nurses, and staff members who put up with his joking, flirting, and occasional singing (some things never change)! He has already made fast friends of the United crew! He tries really hard to maintain a positive attitude, despite the very trying circumstances.
Stan would love to hear from you via the Caring Bridge website. We are going to bring him an iPad (and try to teach him how to use it), so that he can hear from you. Words of encouragement and support would be greatly appreciated! It seems especially hard to be sick during the holiday season.
We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting.