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December
13
2018

Obituary and Memorials

Les's obituary has been posted on the Krause Funeral Home web site and can easily be found by searching for "Les Ibach obituary", or by clicking the link below.

https://www.krausefuneralhome.com/obituary/les-ibach/

In lieu of flowers, Cheryl has asked that memorial donations be made to Elmbrook Church or the charity of your choice.  Envelopes for donations and a box in which to place them will be available at the funeral home during the visitation and service on Saturday.

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December
10
2018

Hotel Recommendation

A few people have asked for a hotel recommendation.  Brandon's family has stayed at the Home2 Suites by Hilton in Menomonee Falls.  It was built about 2 years ago and is quite nice.

https://home2suites3.hilton.com/en/hotels/wisconsin/home2-suites-by-hilton-menomonee-falls-milwaukee-MKEMFHT/index.html

December
10
2018

Funeral Arrangements

Hello Family & Friends~

Les's visitation and funeral service will be on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at Krause Funeral Home, 21600 W. Capitol Drive, Brookfield, WI.
Visitation  3:00-4:45
Memorial Service  5:00

https://www.krausefuneralhome.com/
An obituary will be posted within a few days.

December
8
2018

Saturday, 8 December 2018

Dear Family & Friends,

At approximately 2:00 am, surrounded by three generations of love, Les peacefully slipped from Earth to Heaven.  

Due to lung congestion and potential pneumonia, the doctors decided to intubate again.  After the tube was set, the levels of oxygen in the blood began decreasing.  Doctors suspected a pulmonary embolism.

Our family is extremely grateful for the kind words of support, the messages of love, and the many thoughtful prayers.

As details for a memorial are finalized, we will add updates to this site.  Please feel free to upload photos to the Gallery and share your favorite memories of Les in the Well Wishes section.  Thank you all for your continued support.  

Love,
The Les Ibach Family

December
7
2018

Friday 12/7, 5:00 pm

Hi Everyone,

Today’s update on Les: while the doctors felt confident in the decision to remove the airway tube yesterday, Les has developed pneumonia. In a healthy person with pneumonia or bronchitis, they would cough to “get the lung-gunk up & out”. That coughing reflex either isn’t working right now, or Les doesn’t have the strength to do it. Likely a combo of both.

So, Les will be re-intubated tonight. That will allow for a more-efficient way to suction out the crud, and be slightly more pleasant for Les. (tho still not pleasant at all!) He is on antibiotics for the pneumonia, and once this clears, we expect the tube to be removed again.

Les is still not very “awake”. We thank you so much for the kind, supportive messages you’ve posted here. Please continue to do so. We will read them to Les during his more-awake times.

Love to all!

-Lindy

December
7
2018

Thursday, 6 December, 6:30 p.m.

Today, Les was extubated around 3:30 p.m.  It was a great relief to see him breathing without assistance!  For tonight, they'll use a BPAP for sleep support, but during the day all Les will need is a cannula for a little extra oxygen.  

It's a big leap forward.  The next step is to work on swallowing.  But, first, lots of rest--it was a long day!

Thank you all for your continued support!

Love, 
Melisa

December
6
2018

Wednesday, 5 December, 8:30 p.m.

Hello All~

Les continues to fight the good fight.  There was hope that the breathing tube would be removed today, but doctors decided to wait until at least tomorrow.  Removing the tube will definitely be a step forward, but waiting a bit longer will hopefully prevent regression.  When I saw him after work today, he was sleeping soundly, which is most often the case later in the afternoon.  He had a busy day with the physical therapist, and spent some time sitting in a special chair (not a time out chair--he's a very cooperative patient).  The daytime nurse said that he was focusing on people who were speaking to him, and it seemed as though it was a purposeful act.  

Right now, it feels as though we are in a holding pattern, but the doctors are being very careful not to push him too quickly.  Our family is very grateful for the excellent hospital staff.  Dad is being well-cared for, which is extremely comforting.  While the gains may seem small, he is headed in the right direction.

Thank you all for the messages, prayers, and good wishes!  We look forward to sharing more good news with you!

Love,
Melisa

December
4
2018

Tuesday 12/4, 5:00pm

Hi Everyone,

Today’s update is that Les continues to be more alert each day. Responding to voice and touch, with more “eyes open” times and less overwhelmingly sleepy/groggy.

The airway tube remains in place, and Respiratory Therapy is now doing nebulizer treatments to keep everything open in his lungs and prevent pneumonia from settling in. (there isn’t any pneumonia now, this is preventative) The goal is to remove the airway tube as soon as they are sure that his neck swelling has gone down enough. Les is now aware enough to be a little irritated by the tube and it’s pretty clear that he wants it out – a very good sign!

As always, thank you for your thoughts and prayers – so appreciated!