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Please Help Jan Ziskovsky with Lung Transplant Recovery

Jan Ziskovsky had a lung transplant on November 5, 2020 at Philadelphia’s University of Pennsylvania – Penn Medical Center after Jan’s years-long treatments for interstitial lung disease stopped working. This was blindsiding and unexpected for Rosemary and Jan, with no time to prepare for the road ahead. Jan’s recovery will be long; her medical team expects Jan to be hospitalized for at least two more months.

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June 7, 2021

Its been awhile since I provided updates. The good news is that has meant that there hasn't been anything remarkable to report. As Jan's dr. says- boring is good. However, that changed 10 days ago when we learned that Jan had a fungal infection discovered from her bronchoscope. Additionally we learned that she is in A-1 rejection which is considered minor rejection, not unusual during the first year post surgery. They will ultimately treat this with medication but needed to wait on the fungal infection treatment. Jan spent 5 days in the hospital where she received many other tests to make sure the fungal infection had not gone into her spinal fluid and other places in her body. The initial tests came back negative, she never had any symptoms and still doesn't so they released her from the hospital with anti-fungal medication. We will have the final results of the spinal tap test in a week but they are expecting this to be negative given her lack of symptomology. We are crossing our fingers it will be negative. She continues to feel good and no concerning symptoms. She appears to be recovering from the embolisms continuing to take blood thinners for another couple of months and seeing a hemotogist next week related to the blood clots. She does more and more activities, experiences shortness of breath mostly due to being out of condition but recovers more and more quickly. We are hopeful that she is headed in the right direction. Due to her hospitalization she missed her appointment with the GI dr. to evaluate her continued use of the stomach feed so that remains in place until we can get that appointment rescheduled. Trips to Philadelphia are slightly fewer and we are hopeful come July we will only need to go twice a month. While we are feeling a little more freedom being vaccinated and COVID declining, we will be following ongoing precautions due to Jan's vulnerabilities to get any kind of infection/virus due to the immunosuppressants. Thank you for everyone's ongoing interest, support and prayers for Jans continued recovery.

April 24, 2021

Good evening. Back from our weekly trip to Philadelphia to see Jan's transplant team, rehab, pulmonary function test, and chest xrays. We are happy to report that Jan is stable and showing improvement. Her team is pleased with her progress. She has been stable, no surprises and is starting to see the progress. Next step is to feel the progress. Her body has been through a lot so she doesn't always feel stronger and better but that will come. Its in looking back that she can also see the progress. She is more and more able to participate in everyday life activities. We appreciate each day we have.

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September 30, 2021

Still praying for you my friend.

Dennis Free

January 14, 2021

No signs of rejection - those are beautiful words:) Team Ziskovsky is working it\'s way home. Jack and I are keeping you in our prayers and sending our love.

Sarah Else

January 5, 2021

Dearest Jan,
Marilyn and I will be praying for your recovery. Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. Please say hello to your mother for me.
Your brother always, Dennis
If you ever want to call or text 630-234-0447

Dennis Free